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* This is one possible sign of an impending layoff or closure, usually after someone fairly important to the company resigns (because s/he knows what's coming), and they need to find someone to fill that role, but can't afford to hire new people.

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* This is [[https://www.cracked.com/article_16676_6-emails-you-get-when-your-company-about-to-go-under.html one possible sign of an impending layoff or closure, closure]], usually after someone fairly important to the company resigns (because s/he knows what's coming), and they need to find someone to fill that role, but can't afford to hire new people.


Think of it as the opposite of being KickedUpstairs, you stay right where you are but do more work! Oh and I need you to file these examples too.

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Think of it as the opposite of being KickedUpstairs, you stay right where you are but do more work! work without getting paid extra for it! Oh and I need you to file these examples too.

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* This is one possible sign of an impending layoff or closure, usually after someone fairly important to the company resigns (because s/he knows what's coming), and they need to find someone to fill that role, but can't afford to hire new people.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'', [[TheIntern Carl]] is promoted from unpaid intern at the OWCA to ''paid'' intern at the OWCA. His boss makes it clear that said promotion is just a title, and they still won't be paying him, but he's happy anyway.


* ''Western/Animation/SpongebobSquarepants'' did this in the episode "Squid's Day Off". After Mr. Krabs is sent to the hospital, he puts Squidward in charge. Since it was a slow day and there are no customers at all, Squidward takes the opportunity to skip work by ''promoting'' [=SpongeBob=] to run the cash register AND make the Krabby Patties at the same time, so he could leave the restaurant for some ''errands''. Ulitmately subverted because [[spoiler: the Krusty Krab's sign reads Closed]] and Squidward's anxiety of [=SpongeBob=] possibly messing up on his own ruined the whole point of the ruse.

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* ''Western/Animation/SpongebobSquarepants'' ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' did this in the episode "Squid's Day Off". After Mr. Krabs is sent to the hospital, he puts Squidward in charge. Since it was a slow day and there are no customers at all, Squidward takes the opportunity to skip work by ''promoting'' [=SpongeBob=] to run the cash register AND make the Krabby Patties at the same time, so he could leave the restaurant for some ''errands''. Ulitmately subverted because [[spoiler: the Krusty Krab's sign reads Closed]] and Squidward's anxiety of [=SpongeBob=] possibly messing up on his own ruined the whole point of the ruse.

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* ''Western/Animation/SpongebobSquarepants'' did this in the episode "Squid's Day Off". After Mr. Krabs is sent to the hospital, he puts Squidward in charge. Since it was a slow day and there are no customers at all, Squidward takes the opportunity to skip work by ''promoting'' [=SpongeBob=] to run the cash register AND make the Krabby Patties at the same time, so he could leave the restaurant for some ''errands''. Ulitmately subverted because [[spoiler: the Krusty Krab's sign reads Closed]] and Squidward's anxiety of [=SpongeBob=] possibly messing up on his own ruined the whole point of the ruse.


* In Chengar Qordath's ''[[FanFic/TheLifeAndTimesOfAWinningPony Winningverse]]'', this happens to Shining Armor in the aftermath of [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E25ACanterlotWeddingPart1 the changeling]] [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E26ACanterlotWeddingPart2 wedding invasion]]. He is removed from being Captain of the Guard (his dream job)through no real fault of his own, and when the realization really sets in on the day he finally moves all of his stuff out of his office, [[FromBadToWorse it only kicks off the slew of bad news he gets that day.]]

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* In Chengar Qordath's ''[[FanFic/TheLifeAndTimesOfAWinningPony Winningverse]]'', this happens to Shining Armor in the aftermath of [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E25ACanterlotWeddingPart1 the changeling]] [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E26ACanterlotWeddingPart2 wedding invasion]]. He is removed from being Captain of the Guard (his dream job)through no real fault of his own, and shunted sideways into a new role. While the role isn't a dead-end job by a long shot, it's not what he wanted to do. And when the realization really sets in on the day he finally moves all of his stuff out of his office, [[FromBadToWorse it only kicks off the slew of bad news he gets that day.]]

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* In Chengar Qordath's ''[[FanFic/TheLifeAndTimesOfAWinningPony Winningverse]]'', this happens to Shining Armor in the aftermath of [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E25ACanterlotWeddingPart1 the changeling]] [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E26ACanterlotWeddingPart2 wedding invasion]]. He is removed from being Captain of the Guard (his dream job)through no real fault of his own, and when the realization really sets in on the day he finally moves all of his stuff out of his office, [[FromBadToWorse it only kicks off the slew of bad news he gets that day.]]

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* In ''TabletopGame/{{Paranoia}}'' most Troubleshooter missions require the group to choose a team leader (or have one chosen for them). The members had to follow the leader's orders, and the leader was responsible for successful completion of the mission. As most missions are impossible and half the team is likely to try and sabotage it anyway, it really is a bad, ''BAD'' job. The team leader badge is a ''bulls-eye''.

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* In ''TabletopGame/{{Paranoia}}'' most Troubleshooter missions require the group to choose a team leader (or have one chosen for them). The members had to follow the leader's orders, and the leader was responsible for successful completion of the mission. As most missions are impossible impossible, and half the team is likely to try and sabotage it anyway, anyway in favor of personal goals, it really is a bad, ''BAD'' job. The team leader badge is a ''bulls-eye''. ("Your badge depicts you as the centre of your team, with your expertise and knowledge radiating as inspiration to all." Uh huh.)


** In ''The Traitor's Hand'', he suggests that [[LeeroyJenkins Jenit Sulla]] be breveted to captain until they see if she's worthy (better than a full promotion, as if she'd screwed up the demotion would have showed up on her record). It certainly seems to have worked, she ends up becoming the first Lady General, the highest rank in the Imperial Guard.

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** In ''The Traitor's Hand'', he suggests that [[LeeroyJenkins Jenit Sulla]] be breveted to captain until they see if she's worthy (better than a full promotion, as if she'd screwed up the demotion would have showed up on her record). It certainly seems to have worked, as she ends up becoming the first Lady General, the highest rank in the Imperial Guard.
* In ''Literature/TheMachineriesOfEmpire'', captain Kel Cheris is breveted to a general when she's put in charge of the operation to retake the Fortress of Scattered Needles, but the formation instinct (the Kel brainwashing that makes them obey the chain of command) doesn't read her as one, meaning she has to win over her rather unimpressed subordiantes the hard way.

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** Later in the novel, when Johnny attends Officer Candidate School, much is made of the fact that he and the other cadets are "promoted" to "temporary third lieutenant" before being assigned to a unit for field training - the rank places them officially within the command structure, yet simultaneously ensures that no one will mistake them for real, fully trained officers.


* In ''TheMaryTylerMooreShow'', when Mary is first hired, Lou offers her a choice of Assistant Director or Secretary. She, of course, chooses Assistant Director. When she meets and talks to Murray, she finds out that the Secretary job pays more.
* ''{{Frontline}}'': When Mike demands more responsibility on the program, the executive producer grants him the meaningless title of 'International Story Coordinator': a position that involves faxing a list of the day's stories to their sister network in the UK so they can pick up any stories they want to run. Mike still manages to screw this up.

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* In ''TheMaryTylerMooreShow'', ''Series/TheMaryTylerMooreShow'', when Mary is first hired, Lou offers her a choice of Assistant Director or Secretary. She, of course, chooses Assistant Director. When she meets and talks to Murray, she finds out that the Secretary job pays more.
* ''{{Frontline}}'': ''Series/{{Frontline}}'': When Mike demands more responsibility on the program, the executive producer grants him the meaningless title of 'International Story Coordinator': a position that involves faxing a list of the day's stories to their sister network in the UK so they can pick up any stories they want to run. Mike still manages to screw this up.



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* In the ''WesternAnimation/TheLoudHouse'' episode ''Intern for the Worse'', Flip, the shady gas station owner that both Lincoln and Clyde get to work for, keeps making up new job titles and promotions in order to trick the boys into working harder. However,they donít actually get more authority around the store because of it and still have to do the same work.


* From ''HarveyBirdmanAttorneyAtLaw'':

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* Sgt. Gormley in ''Series/BlueBloods''. Originally the supervisor of the 54th Precinct detectives, he impresses Frank with his candor and concern for the rank-and-file cops. Frank then informs Gormley that he's making him Dino Arbogast's replacement as Frank's liaison to the regular cops. However, since the regulations require that the Chief of Department to be at least a captain, Frank instead creates the position of the Special Assistant to the Commissioner, which has the same duties and authority but not the rank and privileges that go with it. He does, later, receive a promotion to Lieutenant, but this is mostly still in effect, particularly when Gormley has to interface with senior police officers who outrank him.

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* Sgt. Sid Gormley in ''Series/BlueBloods''. Originally the supervisor of the 54th Precinct detectives, detectives (and Danny's boss), he impresses Frank with his candor and concern for the rank-and-file cops. Frank then informs Gormley that he's making him Dino Arbogast's replacement as Frank's liaison to the regular cops. However, since the NYPD regulations require that the Chief of Department to be at least a captain, Frank instead creates the position of the Special Assistant to the Commissioner, which has the same duties and authority but not the rank and privileges that go with it. He does, later, receive a promotion to Lieutenant, but this is mostly still in effect, particularly when Gormley has to interface with senior police officers who outrank him.him.
* In ''Series/TheWire'', towards the end of the Major Crimes Unit's investigation into the Barksdale Organization, Herc and Carver take the Sergeant's test. Carver is promoted to Sergeant, though it's heavily implied that his promotion is only because he was feeding inside information to Burrell, as Carver scored worse than Herc. When Cedric Daniels reforms the MCU in season 2 to investigate Frank Sobotka, Carver is brought back into the detail at Herc's request. Daniels' only condition is that Carver won't be treated as a sergeant in the detail, because of Carver's spying for Burrell during the previous detail. Herc and Carver end up having the lowest status in the detail, which is brought home to them when they are asked to install an air conditioner in the home of a judge approving the detail's wiretaps. The final straw for Herc and Carver is when they're left out in the rain waiting for Nick Sobotka to return home, unaware that he's turned himself in. Herc convinces Carver that they will never be respected in Daniels' unit. Angered by the menial work given to him, Carver tells Daniels that he wishes to leave the unit. Daniels attempts to convince them to stay, pointing out that surveillance is part of the job. However, Carver refuses to be placated, and seeing that Major Colvin in the Western District has an opening for a DEU (Drug Enforcement Unit) sergeant, transfers out of the MCU, feeling that at least Colvin will recognize Carver's rank. He ends up taking Herc with him as well, Herc also having no interest in doing menial surveillance work for Daniels.

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