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We were going to call this one "Solicitation Mistaken For Help", but this is snappier.

Basically, when a given character needs help ([[ThisBedOfRoses a place to stay]], whatever), is approached by a prostitute who speaks with perhaps too much metaphor, and thinks her solicitation is an offer for assistance.

Usually PlayedForLaughs, but if the gal in question is a HookerWithAHeartOfGold, our hero may have just found a useful ally.

See also PlatonicProstitution and AccidentalInnuendo. A subtrope of ComicallyMissingThePoint.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In ''IAmSam'', Sam, a mentally handicapped single father, mistakes a streetwalker's mockery for a promise to help him raise his daughter. He is then arrested for soliciting her services.
* Reversed in the movie ''TheHouseBunny''. The policeman asks the [[PlayboyBunny Bunny]] to "blow" and... well... she doesn't quite understand that he's trying to check her alcohol content.
* CrocodileDundee does this. Then he knocks out the pimp when he insults the lady's honor.
-->'''Simone:''' You looking for a good time?\\
'''Mick:''' Always looking for a good time! Name's Mick Dundee.
* In ''Film/IntoTheNight'', one coworker tells another that in Las Vegas there's a certain hooker who will do anything you ask for a certain price. The coworker, who knows what he's talking about but isn't really interested, responds "Will she buy me a pony?" in SarcasmMode.
* Played with in ''Film/TheBirdcage''. Politician Gene Hackman needs to leave a building without the press recognizing him, so he's dressed in drag. He runs past his chauffeur and whispers "Meet me around the corner in ten minutes!" and leaves. The chauffeur shakes his head and says "Never in a million years, lady."
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[[folder:Jokes]]
* There's old joke where a clergyman encounters a prostitute, she says "I'll do anything you can describe in 3 words for $50". He thinks about it for a while, and then says "Paint my house."
** In one of his books, critic Joe Queenan's response to a (hypothetical) request of this nature was "do my taxes."
** Chris Rock used a variant set-up, which was 'For $300 I'll do anything you want', to which he responds 'Bitch, paint my house'.
* An engineering student approaches his friends at lunch one day riding up on a beautiful new bicycle. "Wow," says one of his friends, "where'd you get that bike?" The engineering student says, "Strangest thing. On my way back from class this morning, a gorgeous woman rode up on a bike, got off it, took off all her clothes and threw them on the ground, and told me, 'Take whatever you want!'" His friend nods sagely. "Good choice. Her clothes probably wouldn't have fit."
* As an airplane is about to crash, a female passenger jumps up frantically and announces, "If I''m going to die, I want to die feeling like a woman." She removes all her clothing and asks, "Is there someone on this plane who is man enough to make me feel like a woman?" A man stands up, removes his shirt and says, "Here, iron this!".
* On a passenger flight, the pilot comes over the public address system as usual and to greet the passengers. He tells them at what altitude they’ll be flying, the expected arrival time, and a bit about the weather, and advises them to relax and have a good flight.. Then, forgetting to turn off the microphone, he says to his co-pilot, "What would relax me right now is a cup of coffee and a blowjob." All the passengers hear it. As a stewardess immediately begins to run toward the cockpit to tell the pilot of his slip-up, one of the passengers stops her and says "Don’t forget the coffee!"
* A guy gets sent on a business trip. His boss knows the guy likes fish and he says that they don't make scrod ANYWHERE as good as they make it in Boston - "Don't leave until you have tried the scrod!" They guy flies to Boston and as he gets into a cab he remembers what his boss said. He asks the cabbie "Hey, buddy - where do you suppose I could get scrod around here?" the cabbie thought for a second and said "You know, I've been driving this cab for three years now and I must have heard that question a thousand times, but that's the first time anyone's asked it in the pluperfect subjunctive."
* A woman knew her husband was getting old when she asked him "Would you like some super sex?" and he replied "I think I'll have the soup."
* A man went into a job interview and his eye winked through the whole process. The interviewer said "Look, you are well qualified, but I'm afraid that facial tic will throw off clients." The man replied - "Funny you mention that, because all I have to do is take aspirin and the winking goes away - watch" and the man began dumping out his pockets looking for aspirin. In most of his pockets, however, were condoms. Finally, once a pile of condom packages of every sort piled up on the desk the man found two aspirin, took them, and the wink totally stopped. "Well, that worked," the interviewer admitted, but why do you have all the condoms? We don't want our clients to think you're a womanizer!" "It's quite simple sir," the guy said, "have you ever walked into a drugstore, winking like crazy, and asked for aspirin?"
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[[folder:Literature]]
* ''{{Literature/Discworld}}'': Happens to men who approach the [[BandOfBrothels Guild of Seamstresses]] to have their socks darned.
** In ''Discworld/GuardsGuards'', a naive Carrot ends up living in a house of "seamstresses" due to this sort of misunderstanding. He mentions that his first night there one of the girls asked if he wanted anything, but they had no apples, so he said no.
** Variant: In ''Discworld/FeetOfClay'', one character mentions that she was good at sewing, so she tried to join the Guild of Seamstresses.
** Similarly, in ''Discworld/NightWatch'', there is an actual seamstress who is often confused for the other type.
** In ''Discworld/ReaperMan'', Windle Poons, a newly resurrected zombie, is asked by a "seamstress" if he's looking for a good time. He's somewhat addled by the fact that he can see and hear clearly for the first time in decades, and accepts her offer without thinking about it. She runs away when she gets a good look at him, though.
** In ''Discworld/InterestingTimes'', Rincewind is approached by several beautiful, scantily-clad women who explicitly say that all of their men have died out and they need his help repopulating their island. However, due to years of living alone on a desert island, Rincewind's mind has deteriorated somewhat and he thinks they're offering to make him some mashed potatoes.
* This happens in ''Literature/DonQuixote''.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/ReGenesis'': Bob Melnikov, while in New York, goes in a back street to rehearse a speech he's about to give. A prostitute approaches him, and he doesn't understand for what reason. Fortunately for him, she's a HookerWithAHeartOfGold, and she does help him get over his stage fright.
* ''MyNameIsEarl'' in the [[TheRashomon antique silverware episode]]. Randy was told to wait around the station and ask people if they had "the package"; a gay guy misinterprets this.
* The inverse happens on ''{{Series/CSI}}'', when during her evaluation [[CoolBigSis Catherine]] complains to [[TeamDad Grissom]] that because of her hours, she hasn't had sex in at least half a year. "[[ShipTease How can I help]]?" Gil asks, and has to clarify that he doesn't mean THAT kind of help when Catherine raises her eyebrow at him.
* A possible slight variation -- in ''NewTricks'', a prostitute approaches Brian and asks him if "you've got the time," in a fashion that leaves little doubt as to what she really means. Brian, however, assumes she's literally asking what the time is, and proceeds to tell her, resulting in a frustrating back and forth for the both of them until he storms off in exasperation and she gripes to one of her friends, "Why can't they just ''say'' if they're gay?!"
* ''MyWifeAndKids'' had a variation when the family goes to Las Vegas. Junior calls an escort service because he thought that it was a babysitter.
* ''{{Frasier}}'' stops to give a woman standing in the rain a ride home, and he doesn't realise she's a hooker until just before he's stopped by the cops. [[spoiler:Turns out it's just a paranoid prediction of what might happen, since his good deeds have been [[NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished backfiring a lot recently]], but he rejects it and gives the woman a lift anyway.]]
** In another episode, two characters talk about hiring a babysitter. One urges the other to carefully read the ads, because an ad's stating "has toys and willing to spank" doesn't means it's for a babysitter.
* Inverted in the first episode of ''NorthernExposure'', where Joel mistakenly believes Maggie to be a prostitute based on her offers of help. She does not react well to this, of course.
-->'''Maggie:''' I'm not a hooker, you jerk. ''I'm your '''landlord'''.''
* A hilarious subversion of this happens to [[HandsomeLech Mateo]] in ''{{Benidorm}}''. Mateo has to dress up in drag for a double date, and has to wait outside a bar for a few minuites. An [[DirtyHarriet undercover cop]] shows up, asking if s/he has a place to go. A lot of non-entendres later ("I have to get out of these pants" (They were itchy)), and he is promptly arrested.
* ''ThreesCompany'': Mr. Furley is arrested for solicitation when he pays a girl three dollars for information to help him find Cindy.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'', one of the joinable {{NPC}}s is Clover, an insane killer prostitute that you can own as a slave. When you strike up a conversation, she asks if she "can do anything for... or to... you." Sadly [[NoHuggingNoKissing your responses are entirely on the lines of tactics and gear management.]]
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/GetMedieval'': Asher, lost in medieval Avignon, has a girl come to him and offer him "a warm bed to spend the night in". Being a clueless nerd, he considers it an invitation to sleep at her place. The trope is subverted at a later stage, as when they meet again in different circumstances, she does offer her help.
* In ''RPGWorld'', this is how Diane ends up joining the party.
* [[http://www.robandelliot.cycomics.com/archive.php?id=225/ This page]] of ''{{Rob and Elliot}}'' is a magnificent subversion. a BathroomStallGraffiti says to call a specific number "for a good time", The guy actually calls, and turns out the one who put it up was a burly man, GilliganCut to them hang gliding and the man telling him he's the first to call.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* Played with in Episode 3 of {{Manwhores}} when a woman pulls up to Kevin, newly starting out his career:
-->'''Kevin''': "You... uh, looking for a jump?"\\
'''Woman''': "Depends on what kind you mean."\\
'''Kevin''': "The, uh, sexual kind of course--unless, uh your car's actually broken. My car's right over there"\\
'''Woman''': "What I need, I can't get from jumper cables."\\
'''Kevin''': "Well I happen to not have any."\\
'''Woman''': "Get in."\\
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': Subverted in the episode "The Cartridge Family". When Marge takes Bart, Lisa and Maggie to a motel because Homer is acting TriggerHappy, Bart is asked by a prostitute "are you looking for a good time?" He is (as always), but not in the manner she means, and Marge pulls him away before any [[HilarityEnsues Hilarity can Ensue]].
* The pilot episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' has a prostitute asking Hank and Dean if they're looking for some action. Being rather sheltered boy adventurers, they reply that they're always looking for action! And adventure!
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