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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!
20th Oct '14 6:43:28 PM SpiderRider3
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This can end in one of two ways:
* You fidget and fuss until every single number before yours is called, and when your number is about to be called... the place closes for the day.
* HilarityEnsues as you scramble to beg, borrow or steal a lower number.

A common variation or part of this gag is there being a bureaucratic number-system at all at that place (for example, [[CelestialBureaucracy in heaven]]).

Can also be used as a StockPhrase to tell someone that they are far from the only one who has a particular request, such as punching a {{Jerkass}} in the mouth or giving a WhatTheHellHero speech to someone who feels they [[IDidWhatIHadToDo had to make a hard choice]] and are tired of getting browbeat over it.

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This can end in one of two the following ways:
* You fidget and fuss until every Every single number before yours is called, and but when your number is about to be called... the place closes for the day.
* The waiting room is empty except for you, but the staff insists on calling each number under yours and waiting for a response.
* HilarityEnsues as you scramble to beg, borrow beg for or steal a lower number.

A common variation or part of this gag is there being a bureaucratic number-system at all at that place (for example, [[CelestialBureaucracy in heaven]]).

Can also be used as a StockPhrase to tell someone that they are far from the only one who has a particular request, such as punching a {{Jerkass}} in the mouth request or giving a WhatTheHellHero speech to someone who feels they [[IDidWhatIHadToDo had to make a hard choice]] and are tired of getting browbeat over it.
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20th Oct '14 6:35:22 PM SpiderRider3
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* In one ''Series/MadTV'' sketch, Ms. Swan asks a criminal collecting [[ShameIfSomethingHappened protection money]] to take a number before she will speak to him. He receives number 88, but the Now Serving sign is only at 5. Ms. Swan begins calling all the numbers in between, waiting for a response to each even though they are the only two people in the shop, but she skips to 88 after the racketeer [[BreakingTheFourthWall reveals he's a Ms. Swan fan]].

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* In one ''Series/MadTV'' sketch, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yQy8EvDCbbw/ sketch]], Ms. Swan asks a criminal collecting [[ShameIfSomethingHappened protection money]] to take a number before she will speak to him. He receives number 88, but the Now Serving sign is only at 5. Ms. Swan begins calling all the numbers in between, waiting for a response to each even though they are the only two people in the shop, but she skips to 88 after the racketeer [[BreakingTheFourthWall reveals he's a Ms. Swan fan]].
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