Created By: NoirGrimoir on March 11, 2011 Last Edited By: NoirGrimoir on December 20, 2012

Damaged Delivery

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Alice orders a great crystal vase over the internet. The next day it's shipped out complete with bubble-wrap, those Styrofoam packing peanuts and stickers on the front that say FRAGILE and THIS WAY UP.

Que the scene where the delivery guy completely disregards this and punts the package around like it's a football, without a care in the world, much less a care for the nice stickers proclaiming its contents are fragile. All the packing peanuts in the world can't save that vase from shattering. Alice is pissed.

This trope is when something a character orders, has delivered, or moved in a moving van, is damaged or destroyed in transit, usually because They Just Didn't Care when they were handling it. Usually Played for Laughs or to demonstrate Finagle's Law.

Examples:

  • In Ace Venture Pet Detective, Ace is the delivery guy that does this to the package.
  • This Penny Arcade strip, referencing Mirror's Edge, and the somewhat rough-and-tumble approach that game takes towards package delivery...
  • On Seinfeld Kramer gets Jerry to pretend this happened (by sending an already-broken stereo to himself) in order to get the post office to pay for damages, but Newman intervenes.
  • There was a milk ad where someone exploited this to get his bottle of chocolate milk shaken.
Community Feedback Replies: 12
  • March 11, 2011
    MorganWick
    I'm starting to get sick of They Just Didnt Care.

    There was a milk ad where someone exploited this to get his bottle of chocolate milk shaken.
  • March 12, 2011
    Stratadrake
    For titles, perhaps try Damaged Delivery.
  • March 12, 2011
    BlackDragon
    This Penny Arcade strip, referencing Mirrors Edge, and the somewhat rough-and-tumble approach that game takes towards package delivery...
  • March 12, 2011
    randomsurfer
    On Seinfeld Kramer gets Jerry to pretend this happened (by sending an already-broken stereo to himself) in order to get the post office to pay for damages, but Newman intervenes.
  • December 18, 2012
    chihuahua0
    I honorarily necro this as the absolute last YKTTW in the entire system.

    Now the question is...is this a valid trope?
  • December 19, 2012
    Stratadrake
    Basically, yes. It's where something fragile is shown as being deliberately abused, much like how some people think a yellow stoplight means "floor it".
  • December 19, 2012
    StarSword
    Marking as up for grabs, given the guy seems to have left it for nearly two years.
  • December 19, 2012
    Stratadrake
    Let's polish up the draft then; two-thirds of the write up is an Example As A Thesis.
  • December 19, 2012
    StarSword
    Western Animation:
    • Toy Story 2 had a moment in the airplane cargo bay where the guy at the top of the baggage ramp was just chucking stuff into the hold, including a shipping box marked Fragile. It hit the cargo bay floor with a predictable sound of shattering glass.
  • December 19, 2012
    Tallens
    • In the Rugrats episode where Suzee's family moves in, one of the movers puts down a box, upside-down, with the sound of breaking glass, looks at the "Fragile" sticker on the side then asks one of the others what "fra-jil-eh" means.
  • December 20, 2012
    Koveras
    Direct To Video Live Action Series
    • Played For Laughs in the first season Raumschiff Gamestar, where Darth Vader sends a bomb to the GameStar by post. The first time around, he forgets to put a stamp on the package, so the post returns it to him. The second time, the GameStars refuse to take it because the package was damaged in transit, so Vader gets it back the second time--and promptly blows up, because the bomb's timer is up.
  • December 20, 2012
    randomsurfer
    Subverted in a series of ads for American Tourister luggage. We see a suitcase being poorly handled but it stays solid and the contents inside are just fine. Taken aboce & beyond in another ad where they give an AT suitcase to a gorilla in a zoo, who bats it about, stomps on it, etc. - but it's still fine.
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