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5th Jan '17 12:50:49 AM DivineDeath
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* ''VideoGame/HeavyRain'' has a meta example. After Ethan's son, Shaun, disappears, he reports to the police. There, they'll ask for a description, and it's up to the player to answer. If you're like most people, chances are you won't remember what exactly Shaun was wearing and will give the wrong answer.

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* ''VideoGame/HeavyRain'' has a meta example. After Ethan's son, Shaun, disappears, he reports to the police. There, they'll ask for a description, description of the boy, and it's up to the player to answer. If you're like most people, chances are you won't remember what exactly Shaun was wearing and will give the wrong answer.
5th Jan '17 12:50:18 AM DivineDeath
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* ''VideoGame/HeavyRain'' has a meta example. After Ethan's son, Shaun, disappears, he reports to the police. There, they'll ask for a description, and it's up to the player to answer. If you're like most people, chances are you won't remember what exactly Shaun was wearing and will give the wrong answer.
29th Dec '16 2:27:29 PM SwampAdder
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* ''Franchise/SherlockHolmes'':

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* ''Franchise/SherlockHolmes'':''Literature/SherlockHolmes'':
11th Dec '16 7:05:02 PM TheGreenHerring
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* ''Series/{{Columbo}}'': In "The Bye-Bye Sky High IQ Murder Case", when Columbo asks witnesses about the killer's build, one says he was heavy, another claims he seemed average, and a third claims he was light and possibly even a woman.
--> '''Columbo:''' [[DeadpanSnarker Well, that clears that up.]]
9th Dec '16 10:52:33 AM therandomsciencegirl
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* Cammie in ''Literature/TheGallagherGirls'' often describes herself as such.
5th Dec '16 7:04:51 AM JackG
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** The first movie ''Film/ElMariachi'' plays this straight, which is what kicks off the plot as there's two men "dressed in black, carrying a guitar case" walking around town. Apart from that, neither of them look anything like each other.
1st Dec '16 10:54:02 PM dmcreif
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[[caption-width-right:345:Well that narrows the lead down to about 1,728 potential suspects.[[note]]Based on most recent census data and population estimates, [[NeedleInAStackOfNeedles 1,728 residents of Monongalia County, West Virginia fit this description.]][[/note]]]]

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[[caption-width-right:345:Well that narrows the lead down to there are about 1,728 potential suspects.[[note]]Based on most recent census data and population estimates, [[NeedleInAStackOfNeedles 1,728 residents of suspects in Monongalia County, West Virginia Virginia]] that fit this description.]][[/note]]]]]]
13th Oct '16 12:40:27 PM dmcreif
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** In "Middle Man," the team had a case in an Indiana farming community and their profile suggested that the [=UnSub=] was local and worked in agriculture. A local police officer then pointed out that half of Indiana is farmland.

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** In "Middle Man," the team had a case in an Indiana farming community and their profile suggested that the [=UnSub=] was local and worked in agriculture. A local police officer then pointed points out that half of Indiana is farmland.



** In "Mr. Monk and the Red-Headed Stranger," Randy is chasing down a streaker on foot and radios to the dispatcher, "He's not Jewish!" when asked for a description.

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** In **In "Mr. Monk and the Red-Headed Stranger," Randy is chasing down a streaker who's been disrupting police press conferences.
-->'''Randy Disher:''' ''[on radio]'' Were
on foot and radios to the dispatcher, "He's foot, heading south towards Prospect!
-->'''Dispatcher:''' Is there a description?
-->'''Randy Disher:''' Hes wearing...gray sneakers.
-->'''Dispatcher:''' Is there anything else?
-->'''Randy Disher:''' Hes
not Jewish!" when asked for a description.Jewish!



** In another episode, developer Andy Krawczyk witnesses Omar Little and Brother Mouzone's murder of Stringer Bell. Bunk summarizes Krawczyk's description of the shooter[[note]]"I told you I saw only the one. I know he was black. Big, I thought. With a large weapon."[[/note]] as "BNBG" - "Big Negro Big Gun." This is especially ironic because Omar not only has a distinctive outfit (duster, do-rag and flak jacket) but also a ''huge'' facial scar and a distinctive weapon (his shotgun).

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** In another episode, developer Andy Krawczyk witnesses Omar **Omar Little and Brother Mouzone's murder of kill Stringer Bell. Bell and his bodyguard, which is witnessed by developer Andy Krawczyk. During the crime scene investigation, Bunk summarizes Krawczyk's description of the shooter[[note]]"I Omar[[note]]"I told you I saw only the one. I know he was black. Big, I thought. With a large weapon."[[/note]] as "BNBG" - "Big Negro Big Gun." This is especially ironic because Omar not only has a distinctive outfit (duster, do-rag and flak jacket) but also a ''huge'' facial scar and a distinctive weapon (his shotgun).scar. Not that it means much to Bunk, who immediately knows Omar was behind it due to his past run-ins with him.



* In ''Series/BreakingBad'', [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E7JWH5dXej0 Hank is interrogating a methhead named Russell]] who was caught with a packet of blue meth:

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* In ''Series/BreakingBad'', [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E7JWH5dXej0 Hank is interrogating interrogates a methhead named Russell]] who was caught with a packet of blue meth:
8th Oct '16 5:59:19 AM TheAmazingBlachman
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* This is one of the reasons why witness testimony isn't considered very reliable in court: we just don't pay attention to these kinds of things until they become significant, at which point the criminal is halfway gone and it's too late. Fortunately, a halfway decent cop will, when taking down a report from a victim (or a witness statement later), use questions and techniques to get some crucial details down where possible: gender, age, colour, height, build, hair, clothing/jewelry, distinguishing marks, any reason you'd remember him and was he carrying anything. And that's just the first set of things the cop will ask about.

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* This is one of the reasons why witness testimony isn't considered very reliable in court: we people just don't pay attention to these kinds of things until they become significant, at which point the criminal is halfway gone and it's too late. Fortunately, a halfway decent cop will, when taking down a report from a victim (or a witness statement later), use questions and techniques to get some crucial details down where possible: gender, age, colour, height, build, hair, clothing/jewelry, distinguishing marks, any reason you'd remember him and was he carrying anything. And that's just the first set of things the cop will ask about.
3rd Oct '16 8:06:56 PM dmcreif
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[[caption-width-right:345:Last seen headed in the direction of... uh, y'know, someplace.[[note]]Based on census data and population estimates, [[NeedleInAStackOfNeedles 1,728 residents of Monongalia County, West Virginia fit this description.]][[/note]]]]

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[[caption-width-right:345:Last seen headed in [[caption-width-right:345:Well that narrows the direction of... uh, y'know, someplace.lead down to about 1,728 potential suspects.[[note]]Based on most recent census data and population estimates, [[NeedleInAStackOfNeedles 1,728 residents of Monongalia County, West Virginia fit this description.]][[/note]]]]



* In ''Film/BatmanBegins'', you can't help but feel sorry for the Gotham cops trying to explain the Tumbler to the dispatcher. "It's a black... tank!" Luckily there's no mistaking it once you've seen it.

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* In ''Film/BatmanBegins'', you can't help but feel sorry for the Gotham cops trying to explain describe the Tumbler to the dispatcher. "It's a black... tank!" Luckily At least there's no mistaking it once ''after'' you've seen it.it.
-->'''Cop in Crushed Cruiser''': He is in a vehicle!\\
'''Dispatcher:''' Make and color?\\
'''Cop in Cruiser:''' It's a black... ''[looks at his partner, who shrugs "I don't know!"]'' ...tank.
**Later in the same chase:
--->'''Cop:''' At least tell me what it ''looks'' like. ''[[[DynamicEntry The Tumbler zooms past his car with a roar]]]'' ...Never mind.



** ''The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton'', after Holmes and Watson burgle a blackmailer's house, witness his murder and barely get away:

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** ''The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton'', after Holmes and Watson burgle a burglarize the titular blackmailer's house, witness his murder and barely get away:away. Then there's the meeting with Lestrade:



** The novel ''Mr. Monk and the Blue Flu'' has a hit-and-run where the witnesses can't seem to agree on what model of car was being driven, only that it's a sedan.



-->'''Hank Schrader:''' So let me see if I'm following you here, Russell: You got this stuff from some guy at Gasparza's who was wearing tan pants and who you're 80% sure had a mustache. That's it, right? That's your brain working at maximum capacity?

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-->'''Hank Schrader:''' So let me see if I'm following you here, Russell: You got this stuff from some guy at Gasparza's who was wearing tan pants pants, and who you're 80% sure had a mustache. That's it, right? That's your brain working at maximum capacity?
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