History Main / TheArtOfBraRemoval

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* ''Series/{{Room 101}}'': BillBailey [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NrcxNFzBgYY tried]] to put bras into Room 101 for this reason.

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* ''Series/{{Room 101}}'': BillBailey Music/BillBailey [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NrcxNFzBgYY tried]] to put bras into Room 101 for this reason.
1st Apr '16 10:28:30 PM nombretomado
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* Drew has problems with this on ''TheDrewCareyShow''. He keeps a pair of scissors in his beside drawer for dealing with particularly recalcitrant bra straps.

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* Drew has problems with this on ''TheDrewCareyShow''.''Series/TheDrewCareyShow''. He keeps a pair of scissors in his beside drawer for dealing with particularly recalcitrant bra straps.
28th Feb '16 2:59:01 PM nombretomado
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* ''ThirdRockFromTheSun'': Sally went out with her boyfriend and his mother to a classy restaurant. Not knowing better, she casually told the mother about a time he had trouble undoing Sally's bra.

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* ''ThirdRockFromTheSun'': ''Series/ThirdRockFromTheSun'': Sally went out with her boyfriend and his mother to a classy restaurant. Not knowing better, she casually told the mother about a time he had trouble undoing Sally's bra.



* Happens in ''GroundedForLife''.

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* Happens in ''GroundedForLife''.''Series/GroundedForLife''.
4th Dec '15 12:37:18 AM SeptimusHeap
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->''"You just twist your hand [[PercussiveMaintenance until something breaks]]."''

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->''"You just twist your hand [[PercussiveMaintenance until something breaks]].breaks."''
3rd Dec '15 3:54:07 PM Willbyr
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[-[[caption-width-right:200:"Don't worry, I can do it in under a minute."\\
"[[ObligatoryJoke Yes, I've noticed]]."]]-]

->''"You just twist your hand [[PercussiveMaintenance until something breaks]]."''
-->-- '''Michael Scott''' of ''[[Series/TheOfficeUS The Office]]'' explains his technique.

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[-[[caption-width-right:200:"Don't worry, I can do it in under a minute."\\
"[[ObligatoryJoke Yes, I've noticed]]."]]-]

->''"You just twist your hand [[PercussiveMaintenance until something breaks]]."''
-->-- '''Michael Scott''' of ''[[Series/TheOfficeUS The Office]]'' ''Series/{{The Office|US}}'' explains his technique.






-->'''Fukiyose:''' By the way, I am wearing a front-hook.

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-->'''Fukiyose:''' By the way, I am wearing a front-hook.



* ''AmericanPie 2'': Michelle teaches Jim how to take off a bra one handed, and keeps slapping him away when he tries to use both hands.
* In ''AnimalHouse'', Larry Kroger has trouble unhooking Clorette [=DePasto=]'s bra, though that's not nearly as much trouble as when he finds that [[spoiler: Clorette is underage]].

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* ''AmericanPie ''Film/AmericanPie 2'': Michelle teaches Jim how to take off a bra one handed, and keeps slapping him away when he tries to use both hands.
* In ''AnimalHouse'', ''Film/AnimalHouse'', Larry Kroger has trouble unhooking Clorette [=DePasto=]'s bra, though that's not nearly as much trouble as when he finds that [[spoiler: Clorette is underage]].



* ''BullDurham'' has a variation when Annie Savoy tries to teach Nuke [=LaLoosh=] to unhook her garters from her stockings ([[BlatantLies to "improve his hand-eye coordination"]]). Nuke has just as much trouble with it as the trope standard has with bras.
** Related to the ''AmericanPie 2'' example, it should be noted, since Annie expected Nuke to be able to do it one-handed. Later in the movie, when she finally gives in to erstwhile suitor Crash Davis (Creator/KevinCostner), the nonchalant ease with which he's able to do this appears to be [[FetishFuel quite the turn-on]] for her...

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* ''BullDurham'' ''Film/BullDurham'' has a variation when Annie Savoy tries to teach Nuke [=LaLoosh=] to unhook her garters from her stockings ([[BlatantLies to "improve his hand-eye coordination"]]). Nuke has just as much trouble with it as the trope standard has with bras.
** Related to the ''AmericanPie ''American Pie 2'' example, it should be noted, since Annie expected Nuke to be able to do it one-handed. Later in the movie, when she finally gives in to erstwhile suitor Crash Davis (Creator/KevinCostner), the nonchalant ease with which he's able to do this appears to be [[FetishFuel quite the turn-on]] for her...



* ''DaveBarry's Guide to Marriage and/or Sex'':
-->You cannot casually unhook a bra strap. The bra-strap industry sees to this. Scientists over at the Bra Strap Research Center in Amarillo, Texas, work night and day with volunteer males and lifelike female dummies coming up with newer and more complicated fastening devices, devices where the first hook actually re-hooks itself after you go on to the second one, such that nobody can get these bras off, especially not a lust-crazed male in a dark room. Many priceless jewellry collections are now protected solely by bra straps.

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* ''DaveBarry's ''Creator/DaveBarry's Guide to Marriage and/or Sex'':
-->You cannot casually unhook a bra strap. The bra-strap industry sees to this. Scientists over at the Bra Strap Research Center in Amarillo, Texas, work night and day with volunteer males and lifelike female dummies coming up with newer and more complicated fastening devices, devices where the first hook actually re-hooks itself after you go on to the second one, such that nobody can get these bras off, especially not a lust-crazed male in a dark room. Many priceless jewellry collections are now protected solely by bra straps.



* One of the minor problems of Holden Caulfield in Literature/{{The Catcher in the Rye}}:
-->''Take this girl that I just missed having sexual intercourse with, that I told you about. It took me about an hour to just get her goddam brassiere off. By the time I did get it off, she was about ready to spit in my eye.''

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* One of the minor problems of Holden Caulfield in Literature/{{The Catcher in the Rye}}:
''Literature/TheCatcherInTheRye'':
-->''Take this girl that I just missed having sexual intercourse with, that I told you about. It took me about an hour to just get her goddam brassiere off. By the time I did get it off, she was about ready to spit in my eye.''



--> '''Monica''': Chandler stop! It's not going to pop open.
--> '''Chandler''': You don't know!

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--> '''Monica''': Chandler stop! It's not going to pop open.
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open.\\
'''Chandler''': You don't know!



-->'''Tommy''': When will you teach us how to unhook a bra?\\

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-->'''Tommy''': When will you teach us how to unhook a bra?\\



* ''HappyDays'' had a training session for Richie, complete with bra-clad mannequin. Naturally, The Fonz was able to get the bra off flawlessly.

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* ''HappyDays'' ''Series/HappyDays'' had a training session for Richie, complete with bra-clad mannequin. Naturally, The Fonz was able to get the bra off flawlessly.



* One sketch on ''TheManShow'' had Jimmy Kimmel demonstrating his ability to get bras off, challenging women on the street that he could do it in under 30 seconds. The only one that stymied him was a little person who, it turned out, was not wearing one to begin with.
* Discussed on ''TheKingOfQueens''; in one episode Carrie briefly recounts an encounter with an ex-boyfriend who spent a half-hour trying to undo her bra, only to finally learn her bra opened from the front.

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* One sketch on ''TheManShow'' ''Series/TheManShow'' had Jimmy Kimmel demonstrating his ability to get bras off, challenging women on the street that he could do it in under 30 seconds. The only one that stymied him was a little person who, it turned out, was not wearing one to begin with.
* Discussed on ''TheKingOfQueens''; ''Series/TheKingOfQueens''; in one episode Carrie briefly recounts an encounter with an ex-boyfriend who spent a half-hour trying to undo her bra, only to finally learn her bra opened from the front.



* [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] in Rin's route in ''VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo''. The bra comes ''off'' easily enough, but getting it back ''on'' is another story entirely. Rin can be forgiven for not being much help, though, given that [[DisabledLoveInterest she has no hands.]]

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* [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] {{Inverted|Trope}} in Rin's route in ''VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo''. The bra comes ''off'' easily enough, but getting it back ''on'' is another story entirely. Rin can be forgiven for not being much help, though, given that [[DisabledLoveInterest she has no hands.]]hands]].



--> Stan: "Says the girl whose sports bra has a kryptonite lock."

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--> Stan: "Says -->'''Stan''': Says the girl whose sports bra has a kryptonite lock."



* One ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'' comic [[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=31 mentions this]], with Steve complaining about the shrink-wrap on [=CDs=] being bloody impossible to get off, and Marten commenting that the difficulty heightens the anticipation, and the enjoyment of the final result. Steve goes "Ah, just like trying to unhook a bra...", to which Marten answers "Yes, except for that the CD doesn't start giggling uncontrollably if you take more than fifteen seconds."

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* One ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'' comic [[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=31 mentions this]], with Steve complaining about the shrink-wrap on [=CDs=] being bloody impossible to get off, and Marten commenting that the difficulty heightens the anticipation, and the enjoyment of the final result. Steve goes "Ah,
-->'''Steve''': Ah,
just like trying to unhook a bra...", to which Marten answers "Yes, \\
'''Marten''':Yes,
except for that the CD doesn't start giggling uncontrollably if you take more than fifteen seconds."



* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', Professor Farnsworth is doing this and mutters "so many hooks" (there were two). Granted, he's quite elderly. Halfway through he contemplates admitting defeat.
* In ''KingOfTheHill'', Bill is seen fumbling trying to remove a bra from a display mannequin. [[ReallyGetsAround Boomhauer]], annoyed from how long he is taking, just simply walks up and unlatches the bra in a simple motion.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', Professor Farnsworth is doing this and mutters "so many hooks" (there were two). Granted, he's quite elderly. Halfway through he contemplates admitting defeat.
* In ''KingOfTheHill'', ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'', Bill is seen fumbling trying to remove a bra from a display mannequin. [[ReallyGetsAround Boomhauer]], annoyed from how long he is taking, just simply walks up and unlatches the bra in a simple motion.
3rd Dec '15 2:29:59 PM SeptimusHeap
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[[quoteright:200:[[Webcomic/{{xkcd}} http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/xkcd_457_-_frustration_-_Dont_worry_I_can_do_it_in_under_a_minute_-_Yes_Ive_noticed_5429.png]]]]
[-[[caption-width-right:200:"Don't worry, I can do it in under a minute."\\
"[[ObligatoryJoke Yes, I've noticed]]."]]-]

->''"You just twist your hand [[PercussiveMaintenance until something breaks]]."''
-->-- '''Michael Scott''' of ''[[Series/TheOfficeUS The Office]]'' explains his technique.

Many men have a lot of trouble unhooking women's bras from the front.

Humiliatingly enough, it often turns out these guys' worldly, swinging compatriots are able to unhook a girl's bra blindfolded, upside-down and with their teeth in two seconds.

TruthInTelevision for a lot of guys. While most bras really are easy enough to undo one-handed, it's understandable why some have difficulty. When you consider lack of experience, understanding or the proper technique, [[CentipedesDilemma worrying about this trope]], being unable to see what they're doing and either so nervous, excited, embarrassed or eager that shaking uncooperative hands aren't out of the question, it's not surprising that many people may have experienced this, particularly their first time. [[YouWereTryingTooHard Maybe she could just do it herself.]] [[TakeAThirdOption Or, perhaps, buy a bra that hooks from the front.]]

Interestingly, while most women soon learn to unhook their own bras easily enough, when it comes to manipulating the bra of ''another'' woman, or the hooks of a bra still in its package, they often have more trouble. Some women can only do it with their eyes closed, working by feel alone.

In fiction, this frequently proves to be a MomentKiller, because [[NoSympathy people are incapable of laughing off minor embarrassments]].

That said, it is actually fairly intuitive (bra manufacturers would go out of business if they weren't), so NoRealLifeExamplesPlease.
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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Advertising]]
* Microsoft introduced a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-c8bU_7GhNs password protected bra]].
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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Inverted in ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'', in which [[CluelessChickMagnet Touma]] ''accidentally'' unhooks Himegami's bra while trying to help her with a potato she was choking on. He then offers a potato to Fukiyose.
-->'''Fukiyose:''' By the way, I am wearing a front-hook.
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[[folder: Comic Books ]]
* Brain K. Vaughn's ''The Escapists'' features the fictional character "The Escapist", who is capable of picking any lock, in #2, he boasts of ''finally'' being able to unhook a girl's bra.
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[[folder:Film]]
* ''AmericanPie 2'': Michelle teaches Jim how to take off a bra one handed, and keeps slapping him away when he tries to use both hands.
* In ''AnimalHouse'', Larry Kroger has trouble unhooking Clorette [=DePasto=]'s bra, though that's not nearly as much trouble as when he finds that [[spoiler: Clorette is underage]].
* ''Film/TheFortyYearOldVirgin'' had this.
* Parodied in ''HotShotsPartDeux'' where a woman's bra turns out to literally have a lock on the back.
* ''BullDurham'' has a variation when Annie Savoy tries to teach Nuke [=LaLoosh=] to unhook her garters from her stockings ([[BlatantLies to "improve his hand-eye coordination"]]). Nuke has just as much trouble with it as the trope standard has with bras.
** Related to the ''AmericanPie 2'' example, it should be noted, since Annie expected Nuke to be able to do it one-handed. Later in the movie, when she finally gives in to erstwhile suitor Crash Davis (Creator/KevinCostner), the nonchalant ease with which he's able to do this appears to be [[FetishFuel quite the turn-on]] for her...
* ''Film/{{DEBS}}'' provides a rare inverted example of a female character having difficulty unhooking her partner's bra.
* A guy in ''Film/TheLastPictureShow'' is having a hard time opening Jacy's bra. Eye rolling incorporated.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* ''DaveBarry's Guide to Marriage and/or Sex'':
-->You cannot casually unhook a bra strap. The bra-strap industry sees to this. Scientists over at the Bra Strap Research Center in Amarillo, Texas, work night and day with volunteer males and lifelike female dummies coming up with newer and more complicated fastening devices, devices where the first hook actually re-hooks itself after you go on to the second one, such that nobody can get these bras off, especially not a lust-crazed male in a dark room. Many priceless jewellry collections are now protected solely by bra straps.
* An article in an Australian girly magazine reminisced on the difficulty of removing a girl's bra in the [[MakeOutPoint back of a movie theatre]] in TheFifties, noting that it was good practice for National Service training, when you had to [[GunStripping strip and reassemble]] a Bren gun in the dark.
* A book about the history of bras was held shut with a bra hook, as well as [[JustifiedTutorial instructions on how to un-hook a bra one-handed.]]
* One of the minor problems of Holden Caulfield in Literature/{{The Catcher in the Rye}}:
-->''Take this girl that I just missed having sexual intercourse with, that I told you about. It took me about an hour to just get her goddam brassiere off. By the time I did get it off, she was about ready to spit in my eye.''
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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]
* ''Series/{{Friends}}'':
** Joey has trouble opening Rachel's bra. This is a sign that them having a relationship is not a good idea, as he usually can do it without any effort. He once ''looked'' at one and it popped open. Comically subverted immediately after by Chandler.
--> '''Monica''': Chandler stop! It's not going to pop open.
--> '''Chandler''': You don't know!
** Joey claims that Chandler is afraid of bras, because he "can't work 'em."
* On ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'', the UpperclassTwit of the Year competition involved unhooking a mannequin's bra as one of its tasks. Which involved them shaking the mannequins to pieces and pulling furiously, using a foot for leverage...
* Eric from ''Series/That70sShow'' had trouble unhooking Donna's bra. We even see an X-ray view through the back of her shirt of his fingers fumbling with the snap, which then turns into a combination lock that he spins uselessly. His friends gave him some (relatively) smart advice: Buy a bra, practice on ''that'' bra, then give it to Donna as a gift so he already knows how it works. Ultimately, [[MundaneSolution she just does not wear a bra on their date]]. Fez needed instruction as well. During a "training session" he tackled a mannequin wearing a bra.
* ''ThirdRockFromTheSun'': Sally went out with her boyfriend and his mother to a classy restaurant. Not knowing better, she casually told the mother about a time he had trouble undoing Sally's bra.
** In a later episode:
-->'''Tommy''': When will you teach us how to unhook a bra?\\
'''Sex Ed Teacher''': We're not learning that.\\
'''Tommy''': Well, all this stuff is very interesting, but I'm not going to get to any of it if I can't unhook a bra.\\
''[Later...]''\\
'''Tommy''': We had sex ed today.\\
'''Dick''': [[StrangeMindsThinkAlike Did they teach you how to unhook a bra?]]
* ''HappyDays'' had a training session for Richie, complete with bra-clad mannequin. Naturally, The Fonz was able to get the bra off flawlessly.
* Happens in ''GroundedForLife''.
* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'': Bra hooks are one of only three things Barney Stinson is willing to fight. The other two are a paternity suit and the urge to vomit upon seeing someone wear brown shoes with a black suit.
* ''Series/{{Room 101}}'': BillBailey [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NrcxNFzBgYY tried]] to put bras into Room 101 for this reason.
* ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'': J.D. struggles to take off Elliot's bra from the back, only for her to tell him that she had switched to "frontsies".
* An episode of ''Series/{{The Office|US}}'' has Michael create a video of knowledge he wishes to pass on to his future son in the event of his death. Naturally, he includes the proper way to remove a bra. This includes Dwight wearing a bra, pretending to be Pam as Michael, tries and fails to remove it. And he can ''see'' the clasp.
* Drew has problems with this on ''TheDrewCareyShow''. He keeps a pair of scissors in his beside drawer for dealing with particularly recalcitrant bra straps.
** Drew's brother Steve taught him how to remove a bra one-handed. [[WholesomeCrossDresser Of course he knew]].
* ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}''. The episode where Kramer introduces the Bro/Man-ssiere to Frank Costanza. They insist on using velcro for this very reason.
* ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'': Howard is making out with Bernadette and fumbling with her bra, only for her to tell him it unhooks at the front.
* In the ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'' episode "What I Did for Love", Al tries to demonstrate a bra-unhooking technique on a mannequin for Bud, but his hand gets stuck.
* One sketch on ''TheManShow'' had Jimmy Kimmel demonstrating his ability to get bras off, challenging women on the street that he could do it in under 30 seconds. The only one that stymied him was a little person who, it turned out, was not wearing one to begin with.
* Discussed on ''TheKingOfQueens''; in one episode Carrie briefly recounts an encounter with an ex-boyfriend who spent a half-hour trying to undo her bra, only to finally learn her bra opened from the front.
** Also happened in a flashback to Doug realizing the same thing with Carrie when trying to get her into bed for the first time. He points out that only sluts have bras that open from the front, not earning himself any points with Carrie. Thing is, she really was a slut until she met Doug and was trying to change her ways.
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[[folder: Visual Novels]]
* [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] in Rin's route in ''VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo''. The bra comes ''off'' easily enough, but getting it back ''on'' is another story entirely. Rin can be forgiven for not being much help, though, given that [[DisabledLoveInterest she has no hands.]]
* Inverted in ''VisualNovel/IfMyHeartHadWings''. Aoi has absolutely no trouble removing Kotori's bra in the dark.
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[[folder: Web Comics ]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Misfile}}'': Ash's first time using a bra [[http://www.misfile.com/?date=2004-05-07 isn't as easy as (s)he thought.]]
* ''Webcomic/PennyAndAggie'', [[http://www.pennyandaggie.com/index.php?p=1025 here]].
--> Stan: "Says the girl whose sports bra has a kryptonite lock."
** Granted, they're in a [[http://www.pennyandaggie.com/index.php?p=1190 dark, cramped closet]], but [[spoiler:should Aggie have ''that'' much trouble getting Penny's bra off?]]
* One ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'' comic [[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=31 mentions this]], with Steve complaining about the shrink-wrap on [=CDs=] being bloody impossible to get off, and Marten commenting that the difficulty heightens the anticipation, and the enjoyment of the final result. Steve goes "Ah, just like trying to unhook a bra...", to which Marten answers "Yes, except for that the CD doesn't start giggling uncontrollably if you take more than fifteen seconds."
* ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'' replaces the hooks with a [[http://xkcd.com/457/ Rubik's Cube]]! xkcd chatroom gives us a [[http://www.xkcdb.com/?7474 reverse metaphor]].
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[[folder: Western Animation ]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', Professor Farnsworth is doing this and mutters "so many hooks" (there were two). Granted, he's quite elderly. Halfway through he contemplates admitting defeat.
* In ''KingOfTheHill'', Bill is seen fumbling trying to remove a bra from a display mannequin. [[ReallyGetsAround Boomhauer]], annoyed from how long he is taking, just simply walks up and unlatches the bra in a simple motion.
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