No Fame, No Wealth, No Service
Dana Carvey: And where have I seen you from?
Victoria Jackson: Saturday Night Live!
Dana Carvey: Old cast or new?
Victoria Jackson: New!
Dana Carvey:Should I describe No Fame No Wealth No Service here? I don't think you're famous enough to be worth my time.
Wait at the bar! Wait at the bar!
Oh, you're that
troper! I'm sorry. I didn't recognize you
. Let me get you our house wine while we tell you what this trope is about.
Some places will not serve people who are not celebrities or of high social status, and at least in fiction are often quite rude about it. Otherwise, it's Truth in Television
May overlap with Recognition Failure
Compare Dude, Where's My Respect?
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- In a Capital One commercial, a group of Vikings takes a vacation to Hollywood (Thanks to Capital One, of course). One short scene shows one Viking's goat being allowed into a club, only for the Viking to follow and be blocked by the bouncer.
Films — Animated
Films — Live-Action
- In Pretty Woman, Julia Roberts's Hooker with a Heart of Gold goes into a store on Rodeo Drive and gets treated badly by clerks, even though she has plenty of money. Later, after being served because of the intervention of a kind concierge, she goes in and asks if they get commission (extra pay depending what they sell personally). They do, so she gets to hold up all of her shopping bags and give them a short What an Idiot talk.
- Inverted in Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist: it's left as a mystery for half the movie why Norah seems to know every bouncer in New York, who just let this High School girl in at the front of the line. Turns out her dad's a record producer.
- In Selena, while looking for an outfit for the Grammy award, the singer was being brushed off by a fancy dress-store's clerks on the account of them being casually dressed Mexicans. Then one fan recognized her, and their attitudes quickly changed.
- In Beaches, at the height of her Broadway career, C.C. brings her best friend and their husbands to her favorite restaurant. A waiter quietly evicts another couple in the middle of their dinner because "there's somebody here who's bigger than you." The maitre'd then escorts C.C. and her party to the newly vacant spot, claiming that "we've saved your favorite table for you."
- In The Mask, Stanley Ipkiss's buddy Charlie goes in, with babes on his arms... Ipkiss is stopped because "he's not on the list".
- In Airborn, the restaurant Matt meets Kate at in Skybreaker barely let him in because his secondhand Academy uniform; he was about to be escorted out until Chef Vlad intervened.
- In Extras, the world's economy is based off fame/popularity, with a rating given to every person in the city. You receive better clothes, food, and invitations to parties the higher your rating is.
- Honor Harrington: A waiter at a posh restaurant grudgingly serves a group of junior navy officers and their friends and probably would not have seated them at all if it was a busier time of the day. He does not realize that they are heirs to some of the wealthiest people in the region and one of them is actually in direct line to the Manticore throne.
- The Tale of Mulla and the Banquet.
- In The Enemy Within, the main character (An FBI Agent) has a reservation at a restaurant and is kept waiting for his table for over an hour. Then he sees a Senator walk in without a reservation and get seated immediately. At this point he cancels the reservation and walks out.
Live Action TV
- Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story: Even Mario and Luigi themselves can't get into two high-class shops in the Mushroom Mall until they've proved that they're the right sort of clientele. This requires reaching certain Character Levels, so from a mechanical point of view it prevents thrifty players from buying top-tier gear at low levels. From an in-universe point of view, it makes one wonder who the hell their other clients are, given that most inhabitants of the Mushroom Kingdom (and just about everyone else in The Verse) recognize Mario on sight.
- In Fallout: New Vegas, getting through the main gate to The Strip (where all the casinos are) usually require a credit check - you need to have at least 2,000 caps for them to consider you to have any business there. The justification is that Mr. House wants potential customers in the Strip rather than just freeloaders. Of course you can get an ID (or a forgery) in Freeside. That or hack the robots.
- In the Genesis version of Shadowrun, many bars have door charges that they will waive if you have an appropriate Reputation stat. The Club Penumbra goes further: you can only get in at all with a door charge and the proper rep. Subverted by Icarus Descending; it's a bar run by racist elves, and you can get in with a high enough Rep, but if you go there before you're supposed to, there's nothing there, and when the plot points you to the Johnson there, you can get in by invitation instead.
- The whole point of reputation rewards in World of Warcraft. You will need to reach a specific fame level with a specific faction in order to buy some of their items, some of which will require you to be exalted among their ranks before they will consider selling it to you. Should your reputation fall beneath the required level for some reason (such as becoming accepted by their opposing faction) you will not be able to use the item anymore.
- In Leisure Suit Larry 2, Larry (who's recently won the lottery) goes to a fancy restaurant at one point. The waiter proceeds to make him wait, seating five upper-class couples before pulling out a folding table and seating him there. And there's a pin in his food, which will cause his death if not removed.
- The Bounty Hunter receives a rather cold reception on Alderaan in Star Wars: The Old Republic. Though it makes perfect sense, as an unwashed mercenary isn't likely to be accepted or tolerated by planetary nobility.
- Grazia's in Grandmaster of Theft is a restaurant which only serves the rich or famous. Cassidy offers a free dinner here as bait for Narcissa, to setup negotiations and advance plan.
- This has happened a lot with Studio 54:
- David Lee Roth tells stories of coming off Van Halen's wildly successful first tour and not being able to get into Studio 54.
- Nile Rodgers wrote the song Le Freak in response to being shut out of Studio 54. The original chorus of the song ("aaaaaaaaw fuck off!"; replaced in the version that got released by "aaaaaaaw freak out!") was a direct stab at Steve Rubell, owner of Studio 54.
- Even Woody Allen was turned away at the opening of the eponymous night club.
- Steve Rubell purposely cultivated this policy, allowing only certain celebs in (or any girl willing to humiliate herself for the honor) to make Studio 54 look like the most happening place to be.
- Stephen Fry's second volume of autobiography mentions an incident in a New York restaurant where a waiter was extremely rude and dismissive towards him until he mentioned the name of the person he was dining with (a major Broadway producer) at which point the waiter couldn't do enough for him.
- Urban Legend has it that a shabbily dressed man walked into a bank for parking validation, only to be turned down and condescended to by the teller. He then proceeded to close his accounts with the bank and take the money — which amounted to over a million dollars — to a competitor. The legend is based on John Barrier, a man who made his millions off of home remodeling, who did the deed in 1998, shifting his money from an institution he'd banked with for 30 years to a competitor (entities that would become part of US Bank and Bank of America, respectively.)
- Oprah Winfrey got this treatment at a certain very exclusive boutique in Zurich, a sales assistant apparently not believing she could afford a thirty thousand dollar handbag. Now, admittedly The Oprah Winfrey Show never really got much airtime outside North America, but the Unfortunate Implications did not go unnoticed.
- Barney's (the retail store, not that other one) displayed this a number of times in late 2013, coupled with Unfortunate Implications when they sent police after two young black people (in separate incidents) because they suspected that they were using stolen debit cards to make the purchase.