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Counter Jump
An employee working behind a counter jumps over the counter to respond to an urgent situation
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(permanent link) added: 2014-05-24 21:51:16 sponsor: SpiderRider3 edited by: Arivne (last reply: 2014-06-14 12:53:47)

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An urgent situation occurs and the character in question, who is working behind a counter, has to deal with it. Instead of simply walking around the counter, they instead elect to jump over it to deal with the situation faster. This is done in fiction to highlight the urgency of the situation.

I'm not sure if this is tropable, or if enough examples exist.


Examples

Live-Action TV
  • Roland does this in The Golden Palace. I can't remember what the situation was (I think it involves one of Rose's antics) but he received the news by telephone.

Film
  • In the 1980 film My Bodyguard, Clifford Peache (Chris Makepeace) lives in an upscale Chicago hotel with his father, who manages (but does not own) the hotel. During a visit from the hotel commissioner, Clifford's father is informed by the assistant manager that his mother, who has a history of upsetting guests, is harassing the commissioner. Mr. Peache jumps over the counter to stop her. Moments later, it's revealed that Mr. Peache's mother is getting along fine with the commissioner, and that the assistant manager exaggerated the previous stories about his mother's interactions with the other guests. The assistant manager is promptly fired.

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