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12th Nov '16 7:43:40 PM zarpaulus
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* In ''Webcomic/FullFrontalNerdity'' the nerds are tricked into a situation where they and a large group of other geeks are about to have their souls eaten by a demon and they're all told to take numbers and get in line to be devoured. [[BornUnlucky Lewis]] gets the "one" ticket, which is just his luck but fortunately his unresolved [[DealWithTheDevil deal with Emma]] makes trying to eat his soul kind of like attempting to suck from the end of a vacuum.
9th Oct '16 6:38:59 AM FlyingDuckManGenesis
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/SonicBoom'' episode, "Mayor Knuckles", when Dr. Eggman comes to see Knuckles, who is working as the temporary mayor, to protest about his trash not being picked up, Knuckles tells him that he has a lot of people waiting, and that he has to take a number. As Eggman points out, the machine is out of numbers. Knuckles then tells Eggman he has to fill out a complaint form, and Eggman asks him if he can get one. Knuckles simply tells Eggman to take a number. This gag happens twice again later in the episode; the first time when Eggman gains control of Knuckles' stamp and looks for the form to strip waste management of vacation time, and the second when Mayor Fink returns and Eggman asks him if he can get his trash collected.
29th Jan '16 9:18:33 AM Iampureevil
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* In the ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' sketch "Samurai Delicatessan", Buck Henry enters the empty (of customers) deli with Creator/JohnBelushi's Samurai behind the counter. When Henry tries to ask for something, the samurai shouts Japanese at him and point (with his katana) at the sign saying "Please take a number." After the samurai calls out three or four Japanese "numbers", Henry calls out that he's got that one and now the samurai waits on him.

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* In the ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' sketch "Samurai Delicatessan", Buck Henry enters the empty (of customers) deli with Creator/JohnBelushi's Samurai behind the counter. When Henry tries to ask for something, the samurai shouts Japanese at him and point points (with his katana) at the sign saying "Please take a number." After the samurai calls out three or four Japanese "numbers", Henry calls out that he's got that one and now the samurai waits on him.
29th Jan '16 9:15:59 AM Iampureevil
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29th Jan '16 9:15:57 AM Iampureevil
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* ''Series/MrBean'' has done the second variant. It is well executed, but pretty much as expected. It basically writes the book on this trope, as Bean explores virtually every possible method to cut his wait short, no matter how cruel. This includes ripping a stuffed animal out of a child's arms to get her out of the line, switching tickets with a woman in a full-body cast which also covers her mouth, drawing a zero on the end of someone else's number, and flipping the digital number readout sign upside down so that [[SixIsNine 6s appeared to be 9s]] and so forth. He gets his comeuppance in the end, so despite being one of his cruelest outings ever, it's still all in good fun.

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* ''Series/MrBean'' has done the second third variant. It is well executed, but pretty much as expected. It basically writes the book on this trope, as Bean explores virtually every possible method to cut his wait short, no matter how cruel. This includes ripping a stuffed animal out of a child's arms to get her out of the line, switching tickets with a woman in a full-body cast which also covers her mouth, drawing a zero on the end of someone else's number, and flipping the digital number readout sign upside down so that [[SixIsNine 6s appeared to be 9s]] and so forth. He gets his comeuppance in the end, so despite being one of his cruelest outings ever, it's still all in good fun.
9th Jan '16 10:30:17 AM eroock
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13th Sep '15 6:44:02 AM StFan
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* In her webcomic, ComicBook/{{Flare}} [[http://www.heroicmultiverse.com/flare/webcomic/index.php?pn=34 imagines burglars doing this]] after she reads that a house is robbed every 15 seconds.

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* In her webcomic, ComicBook/{{Flare}} ''ComicBook/{{Flare}}'', the title character [[http://www.heroicmultiverse.com/flare/webcomic/index.php?pn=34 imagines burglars doing this]] after she reads that a house is robbed every 15 seconds.seconds.
* On ''Webcomic/EvilInc'', when Lightning Lady goes on SavingChristmas, she has [[http://evil-inc.com/comic/santa-villain-3/ to take a number because of the huge amount of fictional characters already doing this.]]
20th Oct '14 9:20:59 PM SpiderRider3
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* RealLife Turn-o-Matic slips do in fact [[http://i.imgur.com/W5Qr1qh.jpg/ contain three digits]], but the first digit is only an outline and generally used to discourage someone from cheating the system by keeping their ticket and returning another day. For example, if your ticket reads 2''19'', you can't return tomorrow (after the numbers have rolled over) and use that ticket to skip the line because while the number being served might be 19 again, staff will be aware the first digit has incremented.

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* RealLife Turn-o-Matic slips do in fact [[http://i.imgur.com/W5Qr1qh.jpg/ contain three digits]], but the first digit is only an outline and generally used to discourage someone from cheating the system by keeping their ticket and returning another day. For example, if your ticket reads 2''19'', 2'''19''', you can't return tomorrow (after the numbers have rolled over) and use that ticket to skip the line because while the number being served might be 19 again, staff will be aware the first digit has incremented.
20th Oct '14 9:20:25 PM SpiderRider3
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* RealLife Turn-o-Matic slips do in fact [[http://www.genericlabels.co.uk/labels/turn_o_matic_white_ticket.jpg/ contain three digits]], but the first digit is only an outline and generally used to discourage someone from cheating the system by keeping their ticket and returning another day. For example, if your ticket reads 2''19'', you can't return tomorrow (after the numbers have rolled over) and use that ticket to skip the line because while the number being served might be 19 again, staff will be aware the first digit has incremented.

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* RealLife Turn-o-Matic slips do in fact [[http://www.genericlabels.co.uk/labels/turn_o_matic_white_ticket.[[http://i.imgur.com/W5Qr1qh.jpg/ contain three digits]], but the first digit is only an outline and generally used to discourage someone from cheating the system by keeping their ticket and returning another day. For example, if your ticket reads 2''19'', you can't return tomorrow (after the numbers have rolled over) and use that ticket to skip the line because while the number being served might be 19 again, staff will be aware the first digit has incremented.
20th Oct '14 9:18:49 PM SpiderRider3
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* Somewhat of a DiscreditedTrope in real life. Most take-a-number machines go to 99 and then return to 00. Usually the wait is no more than 10-15 minutes, but there are certainly exceptions. In some places, like the DMV in Virginia or California, just to make it harder to tell where you really are in line, you will get a letter and a number (like "B-59"); while the numbers in each letter-group are called in order, the groups themselves are interspersed, so you can't tell if there will be 5 or 500 people called between B-53 and B-59.

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* Somewhat of a DiscreditedTrope RealLife Turn-o-Matic slips do in real life. Most take-a-number machines go to 99 fact [[http://www.genericlabels.co.uk/labels/turn_o_matic_white_ticket.jpg/ contain three digits]], but the first digit is only an outline and then generally used to discourage someone from cheating the system by keeping their ticket and returning another day. For example, if your ticket reads 2''19'', you can't return to 00. Usually tomorrow (after the wait is no numbers have rolled over) and use that ticket to skip the line because while the number being served might be 19 again, staff will be aware the first digit has incremented.
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more than 10-15 minutes, but there sophisticated systems, visitors select the nature of their business upon their arrival and are certainly exceptions. In some places, like the DMV in Virginia or California, just to make it harder to tell where you really are in line, you will get issued a ticket with a letter and a number (like "B-59"); while (such as B-53). A computer tracks the numbers in order of arrival and the selected purpose of each letter-group are called in order, visitor. When a staff member becomes available, the groups themselves are interspersed, so you can't tell if there computer selects the next person in line and displays their number alongside the counter or station they should proceed to. Since the order is tracked by the computer rather than simply counting upwards, it is impossible for a visitor to determine when their turn will be 5 or 500 people called between B-53 and B-59.come up by looking at their number.



* The Danish government has a system in place to handle different kinds of services at city-halls and unemployment-centers. When you enter, you go over to a computer and pick the category you believe your business to fall under. Once you select the category, you get a random number between 0 and 9999. The numbers are called in a ''completely random order'' (out of all the "active" numbers), and there's no help to get when you need to find out what category your business falls under, until you've taken a number... When your number actually ''does'' get called, you can then only hope that you chose the right category, and if not, you can get hints as to what category you should pick... And then wait again until your number gets called!
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