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* Frequently happens in ''Series/{{Shameless}}''.

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* Frequently happens in ''Series/{{Shameless}}''.[[Series/ShamelessUK both]] [[Series/ShamelessUS versions]] of ''Shameless'' due to the Gallagher family's PerpetualPoverty.


In other settings, characters may think this has happened when actually another factor, such as a someone cutting wires, is to blame.

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In other settings, characters may think this has happened when actually another factor, such as a [[KillTheLights someone cutting wires, wires]], is to blame.





* Probably the low point of episode 4 of ''Anime/PhantomQuestCorp'' was when the TV switches off...because the company hasn't paid the electric bill.

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* Probably ''Anime/PhantomQuestCorp'': The company nearly goes bankrupt during Incident File 04, thanks to the low point Hadja stealing all of episode 4 of ''Anime/PhantomQuestCorp'' was when their clients. Things get so bad that the TV switches off...off, because the company hasn't paid didn't have the funds to pay their electric bill.

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* Probably the low point of episode 4 of ''Anime/PhantomQuestCorp'' was when the TV switches off...because the company hasn't paid the electric bill.

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* Played hilariously straight in the Italian movie ''Amici Miei'' (My Friends), where a woman tries to commit suicide by letting the gas leak... and fails because her husband didn't pay the bill.

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* Played hilariously straight in the Italian movie ''Amici Miei'' (My Friends), ''Film/MyFriends'', where a woman tries to commit suicide by letting the gas leak... and fails because her husband didn't pay the bill.






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* ''VideoGame/RandalsMonday'': Randal can't pay his rent at game start, causing much of his misfortune.



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* Referenced in ''Series/TheBill'' when Sun Hill police station is afflicted by a power cut. PC Tony Stamp makes a joke about how someone must have forgotten to put another fifty-pence piece in the meter, then shrugs it off as SomebodyElsesProblem and goes back to making out with his attractive female colleague, blissfully unaware that some likely lads have caused the power failure as a distraction while they go about setting the building on fire!



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* ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife'' uses the parking meters variant when Rocko loses his job in the episode "Canned". Even the ''oxygen'' has one! The electricity meter expires, and Rocko is unable to put in another quarter, so the lights go out. Rocko looks over the want ads by the light from a match.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck'' short "Drip Dippy Donald," Donald Duck has been bothered by a loud dripping faucet all night, ultimately creating a RubeGoldbergMachine to get the water to drip onto sponges instead...[[ShaggyDogStory and he receives a call from the water company saying that they're shutting his water off because he hasn't paid the bill]].


* In ''Webcomic/Pay Dat Rent'' PDR Guy had forgotten to pay his bill for rent, which causes him to get evicted from his apartment, having this the main reason the webcomic continues.

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* In ''Webcomic/Pay Dat Rent'' Rent'', PDR Guy had forgotten to pay his bill for rent, which causes him to get evicted from his apartment, having this the main reason the webcomic continues.



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* In ''Webcomic/Pay Dat Rent'' PDR Guy had forgotten to pay his bill for rent, which causes him to get evicted from his apartment, having this the main reason the webcomic continues.


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* While they almost always have electricity or heating, a RunningGag on ''MarriedWithChildren'' is the Bundys getting their water shut off, to the point that getting it TURNED BACK ON is a rare occurence.

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* While they almost always have electricity or heating, a RunningGag on ''MarriedWithChildren'' ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'' is the Bundys getting their water shut off, to the point that getting it TURNED BACK ON is a rare occurence.



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* While they almost always have electricity or heating, a RunningGag on ''MarriedWithChildren'' is the Bundys getting their water shut off, to the point that getting it TURNED BACK ON is a rare occurence.


* ''NaziZombies'': Nikolai Belinski sometimes says this in the beginning of Kino der Toten.

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* ''NaziZombies'': ''VideoGame/NaziZombies'': Nikolai Belinski sometimes says this in the beginning of Kino der Toten.


** In another episode Shake once again fails to pay the cable bill. That spurs him and Meatwad to take on a hitman job. [[spoiler: Shake abandons Meatwad with the mob boss they were supposed to kill to watch cable at the [[BlandNameProduct Better Buy]] until he's thrown out at closing time, and Frylock just bribes Carl into illegally turning the cable back on.]]

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** In another episode Shake once again fails to pay the cable bill. That spurs him and Meatwad to take on a hitman job. job, while Frylock takes a menial job at a fast food place. [[spoiler: Shake abandons Meatwad with the mob boss they were supposed to kill to watch cable at the [[BlandNameProduct Better Buy]] until he's thrown out at closing time, and Frylock just bribes Carl into illegally turning the cable back on.on after quitting.]]

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