->''I wandered all around the town until I chanced to meet\\
A hobo who was lookin' for a handout on the street\\
He said he'd take most any old thing, he was a desperate man\\
But when I showed him the [BOOM BA-BOOM], he turned around and ran!''
-->-- '''[[ThePhilHarrisAliceFayeShow Phil Harris]]''', "The Thing"

It's easy to be picky and choosy about the brand, make, prettiness, country of origin and such of something you want if you already ''have'' access to a million of it. If you ''don't'', on the other hand, you're more likely to be desperate for it - especially if "it" is an essential need in your situation - and be willing to take whatever you can get. To paraphrase the old saying, beggars are hardly ever choosers.

Unless they're given ''this'' option. In which case, the beggars scream in terror, run the other way, and make it absolutely clear that the quality of this object is so absolutely horrible that ''even people who desperately need it would reject it''. Can be played for either [[PlayedForLaughs laughs]] or [[PlayedForDrama drama]], depending on the context.

Compare EvenEvilHasStandards, EvenNerdsHaveStandards, EveryoneHasStandards, TooSpicyForYogSothoth. Contrast EvenTheRatsWontTouchIt, which is specifically about substandard food.

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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In ''Film/TheSoundOfMusic'', Captain Von Trapp tells Maria she must put on a better dress than the one she has on before meeting his children as their new governess. Maria states she doesn't have one, as she is a nun and when nuns enter the convent, their worldly clothes are given to the poor. The Captain then asks why she still has the one she's wearing now. Maria replies: "The poor didn't want this one."
* ''Film/ChungkingExpress'': When Agent 223, who has been collecting pineapple cans with a May 1 peremption date in memory of his girlfriend dumping him, tries to give one to a beggar on the night of April 30, the beggar lobs it back at him. "It's past its sell-by date! you keep it!"
* Inverted in ''Film/MaterialGirls''. The beggars ''would'' choose the beautiful Dolce and Gabbana clothes HilaryDuff's character donates to charity, but not many homeless people are a size 0.
* Lampshaded in InHerShoes, where Maggie informs Rose that she tossed out some unfashionable clothing of hers into the garbage. Rose questions why Maggie doesn't donate them to a secondhand store, the latter answers "Just because someone's poor, doesn't mean they have to be unfashionable."
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'':
** In an episode, Elaine sells muffin tops, and needs to dispose of the stumps (making them without stumps just isn't the same, you see). Both a homeless shelter and a garbage dump reject them. However, [[FatBastard Newman]] gleefully accepts the opportunity to dispose of them all by eating them.
** Again with Jerry's car and its "mutant funk BO". The inside is SO smelly no one else wants it. He ends up leaving it at a curb with the keys inside, next to a homeless guy. The homeless guy gets inside, and the credits roll on a freeze-frame of his face which makes it pretty obvious he's not going to take it either.
** Jerry finds himself suddenly repulsed by his GirlOfTheWeek and unable to kiss her after discovering that she not only went out with Newman, but that Newman was the one who ended the relationship. The thought of dating a woman who is below the standards of a man he doesn't think should even ''have'' standards in the first place is just too much for him to bear.
--->'''Jerry:''' All I could think of when I was looking at her face... was that '''''Newman''''' found this '''''unacceptable'''''!
** In one of his comedy bits, Jerry speculates that the reason so many people are unemployed is because they're too easily disgusted:
--->'''Jerry:''' Yes, my family is starving and my electricity's been cut off and I can't pay my rent, but there is ''no way'' I am cleaning ''THAT'' up!
* ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' mentioned this in an episode where Leonard is going to give a scientific talk at a conference and his non-nerdy friend Penny helps him pick out clothes. When looking through Leonard's wardrobe, Penny picks out several shirts and tells Leonard to throw them away and "don't even give them to charity. Seriously, you won't be helping anyone."
* Dorothy says something like this about one of Rose's cooking attempts on ''Series/TheGoldenGirls''.
-->'''Dorothy:''' If this would have been offered to the Donner party, they still would have eaten each other.
* DesperateHousewives. When Martha Huber is collecting clothing for Edie (after her house burned down), Lynette apologizes for the unstylish quality of her own donated items. The older woman states "Beggars can't be choosers", then sees some items of Lynette's and reiterates "Of course we don't need to rub salt on the wound."
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[[folder:Music]]
* The Music/SteveMillerBand song "Your Cash Ain't Nothin' But Trash" is all about this trope, as even a mugger won't take the protagonist's money.
* The Music/WeirdAlYankovic song "DrivesLikeCrazy" is about a woman whose driving is so bad, "even hitchhikers just say no".
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* In ''Franchise/TheGuild'' a homeless person tries Vork's "found object stew" and rejects it in disgust.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'', a guy who hasn't eaten for days crawls into the Krusty Krab begging for food, but when he was offered some he rejects it because the Krusty Krab lacks "pizazz". He then crawls away still begging for food... service... ''atmosphere''!
* ''WesternAnimation/TheGarfieldShow'': In one episode, Garfield tried to get rid of an accordion of Jon's but his effort to give it away only result in it getting quickly returned. Heck even trying to ditch it in the lake prompts a ''mer-man'' to swim up and throw it back.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** In one episode, this trope doubled as a TakeThat to their old sponsor Butterfinger where Chief Wiggum tried to throw the candy into fire only for it to be thrown back, unharmed. "Even the fire doesn't want them" Wiggum comments. They lost the sponsor because of that.
** Another episode had Homer trying to tip a bellboy with a Grammy, only for the bellboy reject it in disgust. Homer then angrily throws the Grammy off a balcony, but it gets thrown back.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}'' features the [[GirlPosse Fashion Club]] collecting clothes for the homeless. They invoke this trope, assuming that the homeless will have standards of clothing as high as their own, and reject nearly everything they are offered.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheReplacements'': Riley and her friends were once selling jerky. It was so bad hungry wolves refused to eat it.
* Little costume buddy from ''WesternAnimation/FatDogMendoza'' is initially such a bad salesman he couldn't sell water to a man dying of thirst in a desert. In contrast to Fat Dog selling ice to eskimo's.
* On ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', Meg is desperate for male attention, but even she wouldn't go out with Neil Goldman.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* Chobani donated Greek yogurt to the American team for the 2014 Russian Olympics. However the Russians refused to let the refrigerated crates into the country and after a few days of reported talks, Chobani backed down and said that the yogurt would instead be donated to NJ/NY food banks. Problem solved. Well... not quite. On 2/14/14 a new news story made the rounds -- Food Banks were refusing the yogurt on the grounds that the homeless are used to sweet yogurt, and were turning their noses up at the Greek variety.
* The implied insult whenever somebody rejects another by saying "I wouldn't date you if you were the last man/woman on Earth".
* Aziz Ansari pointed out that, when given a tip of over $1, the employees of Cold Stone Creamery must all do a short song and dance. "Five people are singing and dancing ''for a dollar!'' That's 20 cents a person! If you were to go outside and ask a homeless guy to sing and dance for 20 cents, he'd tell you to go fuck yourself, cause that's degrading!"
* Military rations are called MRE's (Meals Ready to Eat, often joked to be "three lies for the price of one"). According to some the letters stand for [[FunWithAcronyms Meals Rejected by Ethiopians]].
* When the New Zealand based dog food manufacturer Mighty Mix [[http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/4664884.stm tried to donate Raw Dry Nourish]] (a ration pack that was ''not'' dog food) to Kenya, the Kenyans angrily refused. Even though she explained it wasn't dog food and it was created for exactly this situation (Kenya had declared the situation a national disaster) ''and'' that the CEO ate the mixture, they still refused.
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