Puzzlement About Payment

Alice mentions her paycheck, and Bob, who has the same job, is amazed that Alice gets paid at all, implying he doesn't.

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    Films 
  • Street Fighter: The climax of the film has Dee Jay taking Bison's personal stash of cash and trying to escape the base while the fighting is happening, and he encounters Zangief. Turns out that Zangief is such Dumb Muscle that he has worked for Bison out of pure fanaticism, and he asks "we get paid?" when Dee-Jay snarks about the stash being his "big check-out payment".

    Jokes 
  • There is a Russian joke where a policeman who started working a few months ago is asked why he never comes for his paycheck. The policeman answers, "We get paid? I thought after being issued a gun we're just supposed to manage with that."
  • You heard about the blonde who went mad? She's been working in a brothel for 15 years, and then she found out other girls are also getting paid for it.

    Literature 
  • In the second Nerds book, one of the agency heads mentions that casualties will be deducted from each individual paycheck. Jackson asks, "We get paid?" to which the agent responds that there are so many casualties each mission, that they've never seen their first paycheck.

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    Web Video 
  • Played for Laughs in season 7 of Acquisitions Incorporated, when the roguish newcomer Viari joins the eponymous party and tries to discuss his low cut of the loot with the old-timers Jim and Binwin, whose reaction boils down to "You get a cut??" They then proceed to reveal how their Bad Boss, Omin, keeps them in line while keeping most of the profits they make.

    Western Animation 
  • In the Danger Mouse reboot, in a conversation about whether Danger Mouse is worth his salt as a Secret Agent, Jeopardy Mouse mentions why she gets paid the big bucks. Cue DM with, "You get paychecks?"
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