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* In the U.S., there are strict laws regarding gifts to government employees, in order to avoid even the appearance of impropriety. So any government employee who receives a "thing of value" from a representative of a company, another government, etc. is expected to either turn it down outright, or pay a fair price for it. How often such things are ''actually'' paid for (especially, say, food at a lunch meeting) depends on several factors.

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are strict laws regarding gifts to government employees, in order to avoid even the appearance of impropriety. So any government employee who receives a "thing of value" from a representative of a company, another government, etc. is expected to either turn it down outright, or pay a fair price for it. How often such things are ''actually'' paid for (especially, say, food at a lunch meeting) depends on several factors.factors.
** In regards to the President of the United States, gifts are officially given to the ''office'' of the presidency -- rather than the current occupant -- and immediately put into the White House Archives. Should an outgoing president wish to keep a gift received during their term, a request is made and the White House Archivist makes a consideration. If the request is accepted, a fair price will be determined and the president must pay for the gift out of their private funds.


** In Genesis chapter 23, Abraham's wife Sarah dies, and Abraham talks to the people of Heth about giving him a place to bury his dead. The people of Heth insist on giving him the choicest of burial sites the cave of Machpelah for his wife without having to pay anything for it since they consider him a prince among their people, but Abraham insists on purchasing the property. They finally settle on four hundred shekels of silver, which is what Abraham ended up paying, and it became the only site in the Promised Land permanently deeded to Abraham and his descendants, as Abraham, Isaac, Rebekah, Leah, and Jacob are eventually buried there as well.
** When God told King David to go to the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite in 2nd Samuel chapter 24 to build an altar to the Lord, David tells Araunah that he wants to purchase the threshing floor. Araunah was willing to give the threshing floor and the oxen and the wood free of charge to the king, but King David insists on buying the property, saying that he would not make sacrifices to the Lord with offerings that cost him nothing. In the book of 1st Chronicles (which repeats the same story), the threshing floor becomes the site for the future Temple that King David's son Solomon would build during his reign.

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** In [[Literature/BookOfGenesis Genesis chapter 23, 23]], Abraham's wife Sarah dies, and Abraham talks to the people of Heth about giving him a place to bury his dead. The people of Heth insist on giving him the choicest of burial sites the cave of Machpelah for his wife without having to pay anything for it since they consider him a prince among their people, but Abraham insists on purchasing the property. They finally settle on four hundred shekels of silver, which is what Abraham ended up paying, and it became the only site in the Promised Land permanently deeded to Abraham and his descendants, as Abraham, Isaac, Rebekah, Leah, and Jacob are eventually buried there as well.
** When God told King David to go to the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite in [[Literature/BooksOfSamuel 2nd Samuel chapter 24 24]] to build an altar to the Lord, David tells Araunah that he wants to purchase the threshing floor. Araunah was willing to give the threshing floor and the oxen and the wood free of charge to the king, but King David insists on buying the property, saying that he would not make sacrifices to the Lord with offerings that cost him nothing. In the book of 1st Chronicles (which repeats the same story), the threshing floor becomes the site for the future Temple that King David's son Solomon would build during his reign.


* In ''VideoGame/RabiRibi'', the shopkeeper Miriam offers to give Erina whatever she wants for free since her business is doing well and they're friends, but Erina insists on paying for them like a regular person, since [[BalefulPolymorph she was a bunny before the story starts]], even after Miriam offers to give her a discount instead. If you don't have enough currency to buy an item, Miriam will offer to give it to you for free, but the game won't actually allow you to take it without paying.

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* In ''VideoGame/RabiRibi'', the shopkeeper Miriam offers to give Erina whatever she wants for free since her business is doing well and they're friends, but Erina insists on paying for them like a regular person, since [[BalefulPolymorph [[ForcedTransformation she was a bunny before the story starts]], even after Miriam offers to give her a discount instead. If you don't have enough currency to buy an item, Miriam will offer to give it to you for free, but the game won't actually allow you to take it without paying.


* Captain Carrot of ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' does this. Subverted in that they only offer him free stuff because they know he'll refuse. Averted with the other members of the Watch, particularly Fred Colon, who takes all the free meals he can get. Taken UpToEleven in ''Literature/FeetOfClay'', where Mr Sock the butcher tries to offload a seemingly unreliable and possibly dangerous golem onto him, and is told this could be interpreted as a bribe. Mr Sock then tries to inflate the price, if Carrot is actually prepared to ''pay'' for it, but quickly learns that GoodIsNotDumb. He gets a dollar.

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* Captain Carrot of ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' does this. Subverted in that they only offer him free stuff because they know he'll refuse. Averted with the other members of the Watch, particularly Fred Colon, who takes all the free meals he can get. Taken UpToEleven in In ''Literature/FeetOfClay'', where Mr Sock the butcher tries to offload a seemingly unreliable and possibly dangerous golem onto him, and is told this could be interpreted as a bribe. Mr Sock then tries to inflate the price, if Carrot is actually prepared to ''pay'' for it, but quickly learns that GoodIsNotDumb. He gets a dollar.


* In ''VideoGame/RabiRibi'', the shopkeeper Miriam offers to give Erina whatever she wants for free since her business is doing well and they're friends, but Erina insists on paying for them like a regular person, even after Miriam offers to give her a discount instead. If you don't have enough currency to buy an item, Miriam will offer to give it to you for free, but the game won't actually allow you to take it without paying.

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* In ''VideoGame/RabiRibi'', the shopkeeper Miriam offers to give Erina whatever she wants for free since her business is doing well and they're friends, but Erina insists on paying for them like a regular person, since [[BalefulPolymorph she was a bunny before the story starts]], even after Miriam offers to give her a discount instead. If you don't have enough currency to buy an item, Miriam will offer to give it to you for free, but the game won't actually allow you to take it without paying.


* Subverted in ''Series/{{Friends}}'', where Monica ''does'' accept free steaks (and an eggplant) from the new meat suppliers to the restaurant where she works, considering them a gift. She ends up being fired over it since the owners of the restaurant wrongly interpreted it as a bribe (Monica had been recently promoted to a job which included selecting the meat supplier).

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* Subverted in ''Series/{{Friends}}'', where Monica ''does'' accept free steaks (and an eggplant) from the new meat suppliers to the restaurant where she works, considering them a gift. She ends up being fired over it since the owners of the restaurant wrongly reasonably interpreted it as a bribe (Monica had been recently promoted to a job which included selecting the meat supplier).


* Wrestling/AndreTheGiant famously refused to let anyone else pay for his meals at restaurants (given his size and appetite, on top of prodigious amounts of liquor, they tended to be very expensive). Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger once attempted to pay behind Andre's back, but Andre caught him, picked him up, and firmly sat him back down at the table, saying "I pay."

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* Wrestling/AndreTheGiant famously refused to let anyone else pay for his meals at restaurants (given his size and appetite, on top of prodigious amounts of liquor, they tended to be very expensive). Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger once attempted to pay one such bill behind Andre's back, but Andre caught him, picked ''picked him up, up'', and firmly sat ''sat him back down at the table, table'', saying "I pay."

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* In ''Series/FatherTed'', a disagreement over who should pay the bill for both genteel elderly ladies leads to a massive cat-fight between them, that escalates to a nice quiet tea-shop "somewhere on the mainland" being utterly trashed and (inferentially) police in riot gear being called to make the arrests.


* In ''Videogame/{{Mother3}}'' Fassad insists on paying for his stay in Tazmily's inn even though the village has no concept of money and the innkeeper is willing to let him stay without asking anything in return. This is a negative example of the trope since Fassad is rejecting their hospitality in favor of making it a cold transaction. It's all part of his efforts to corrupt Tazmily.

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* In ''Videogame/{{Mother3}}'' ''Videogame/Mother3'' Fassad insists on paying for his stay in Tazmily's inn even though the village has no concept of money and the innkeeper is willing to let him stay without asking anything in return. This is a negative example of the trope since Fassad is rejecting their hospitality in favor of making it a cold transaction. It's all part of his efforts to corrupt Tazmily.

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* In the U.S., there are strict laws regarding gifts to government employees, in order to avoid even the appearance of impropriety. So any government employee who receives a "thing of value" from a representative of a company, another government, etc. is expected to either turn it down outright, or pay a fair price for it. How often such things are ''actually'' paid for (especially, say, food at a lunch meeting) depends on several factors.

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* Regional variations on SacredHospitality may include a bit of cordial disagreement over who pays a restaurant bill or bar tab for social gatherings or dates, with each party trying to insist on paying as a show of goodwill or gratitude to the other.


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* In ''VideoGame/RabiRibi'', the shopkeeper Miriam offers to give Erina whatever she wants for free since her business is doing well and they're friends, but Erina insists on paying for them like a regular person, even after Miriam offers to give her a discount instead. If you don't have enough currency to buy an item, Miriam will offer to give it to you for free, but the game won't actually allow you to take it without paying.


* Captain Carrot of ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' does this. Subverted in that they only offer him free stuff because they know he'll refuse. Averted with the other members of the Watch, particularly Fred Colon, who takes all the free meals he can get.

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* Captain Carrot of ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' does this. Subverted in that they only offer him free stuff because they know he'll refuse. Averted with the other members of the Watch, particularly Fred Colon, who takes all the free meals he can get. Taken UpToEleven in ''Literature/FeetOfClay'', where Mr Sock the butcher tries to offload a seemingly unreliable and possibly dangerous golem onto him, and is told this could be interpreted as a bribe. Mr Sock then tries to inflate the price, if Carrot is actually prepared to ''pay'' for it, but quickly learns that GoodIsNotDumb. He gets a dollar.


* ''Film/SmokeyAndTheBandit'': Bandit stops at a restaurant for lunch, then Sheriff Justice shows up not knowing he's standing next to the Bandit, the man he's been chasing since Texas. After some banter, Bandit pays for Justice's lunch ("I insist. I'd be honored").

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* ''Film/SmokeyAndTheBandit'': Bandit stops at a restaurant for lunch, then Sheriff Justice shows up not knowing he's standing next to the Bandit, the man he's been chasing since Texas. After some banter, Bandit pays for Justice's lunch ("I insist.("You're an officer of the law. I'd be honored").

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