Created By: garfield2710 on February 13, 2012 Last Edited By: garfield2710 on March 14, 2012

Inspection Fail

When an item or object is so poorly made, there is no way it would make it to stores or be ready to use.

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People have to inspect almost everything you use. The shirt you're wearing, the computer you're using etc. In order for these things to make it into circulation, these trained inspectors know exactly what to look for, and know if something is out of order.

This is the exact opposite. When something is so badly inspected or something that is so poorly made that there would be no way that in the real world (most of the time) you would find these in stores ready to be bought, or you would use them at all. Is usually most used when said item could mean the difference between life and death such as a gun, a parachute, or a bungee jump cord.

Compare with May Contain Evil and No OSHA Compliance.


Examples:

Film

  • Santa Claus: The Movie has the main villain who is the head of a toy company put nails inside the teddy bears he puts out.

Western Animation

  • In an episode of Garfield & Friends Jon goes skydiving and he pulls three cords to the parachute, none of which work. Garfield then rummages through the parachute and pulls out several large items, including a ticket that reads "Inspected by #27." Then Garfield pulls on a cord inside it that finally releases the parachute.
  • The Simpsons: On the Duff Brewery tour Homer and Barney meet the quality inspector who watches the bottles to make sure no foreign substances are in them. As they talk to him several unsavory and/or downright dangerous objects can be seen going by.
    • Also from The Simpsons, one scene has Krusty personally approving his merchandise, including a joybuzzer doll. It gives him a bad shock, but he says to keep making them.
  • In the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic episode Applebuck Season, a very exhausted Applejack makes muffins with Pinkie Pie. However, she Mondegreens Pinkie's requests for chocolate chips, baking soda, a cup of flour, and wheat germ as chips, soda, a cup of sour (lemon juice), and wheat worms (earthworms), and puts all those things in the pan, yet Pinkie fails to notice. She then serves the muffins to a huge crowd of ponies. Cue the whole crowd in the hospital.
Community Feedback Replies: 15
  • February 14, 2012
    randomsurfer
    The Simpsons: On the Duff Brewery tour Homer and Barney meet the quality inspector who watches the bottles to make sure no foreign substances are in them. As they talk to him several unsavory and/or downright dangerous objects can be seen going by.
  • February 14, 2012
    Chabal2
    Also from The Simpsons, one scene has Krusty personally approving his merchandise, including a joybuzzer doll. It gives him a bad shock, but he says to keep making them.
  • February 15, 2012
    Arivne
    May Contain Evil products fall under this.
  • February 23, 2012
    tvtroper98
    In the My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic episode Applebuck Season, a very exhausted Applejack makes muffins with Pinkie Pie. However, she Mondegreens Pinkie's requests for chocolate chips, baking soda, a cup of flour, and wheat germ as chips, soda, a cup of sour (lemon juice), and wheat worms (earthworms), and puts all those things in the pan, yet Pinkie fails to notice. She then serves the muffins to a huge crowd of ponies. Cue the whole crowd in the hospital.
  • February 28, 2012
    TBeholder
    ^^ but if it May Contain Evil, isn't some evil in acceptable range by definition?
  • March 4, 2012
    tvtroper98
    Also, related is No OSHA Compliance, when Inspection Fail is applied to 'parts of a city.
  • March 14, 2012
    elwoz
    Acme Products are often subject to this, especially when it would be funny.
  • March 14, 2012
    InTheComputerRoom
    Does Stu from Rugrats count?
  • March 14, 2012
    garfield2710
    If they were ever sold in stores than yes, but for inventions that Stu was just testing in his basement, those don't count because they weren't being sold or distributed among a large number of people.
  • March 14, 2012
    DragonQuestZ
    The name seems more general. This is product inspection. How about There Are No Product Inspectors?
  • March 14, 2012
    Poprocks311
    Videogame Roller Coaster Tycoon: You could make any of your rides a death trap and none of your mechanics notice, even after inspecting the rides ever few minutes multiple times. No one will ever notice until some poor people get on the ride and end up dead.
  • March 14, 2012
    Azaram
    Needs a better title. 'something fail' is too lolcattish.

    Another example: In Family Guy, the show where Peter's father has taken over as supervisor at the toy company, a number of toys go by while Peter is talking to another employee, including a gas can, a teddy bear with a knife for a head and a handful of razor blades.
  • March 14, 2012
    ParadiscaCorbasi
    • Quality control was the whole issue with the Super Speedy Cider Squeezy 6000 in another episode of My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic. The Apple family insisted on making cider with integrity and quality control. They lost the contest for speed of cider but they produced cider year in and year out that caused ponies to line up for miles and lament when they ran out. The Flim-Fram brothers were so convinced that speed was the most important, that they turned off their machine's quality inspection feature, and ended up producing disgusting, unpalatable cider.
  • March 14, 2012
    elwoz
    I suppose we could snowclone No OSHA Compliance as No CPSC Compliance (Consumer Product Safety Commission, that is) but I dunno, it doesn't trip lightly off the tongue.
  • March 14, 2012
    nman
    • An in-universe example appears in Monk. One episode involved Monk always buying shirts that were perfectly inspected by the same person, so when he finds flaws in his shirt, he jumps to the conclusion that something must be wrong with the inspector, because there is no possible way they could have let this slip.
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