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* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents'': In "The Big Problem", Timmy wished to be an adult. When he decided to dine at a restaurant, he had to wash the dishes to pay for the bill.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents'': ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'': In "The Big Problem", Timmy wished to be an adult. When he decided to dine at a restaurant, he had to wash the dishes to pay for the bill.


* ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'': In "Buster's Sweet Sucess", Buster is tasked with selling 20 boxes of chocolate for the school's music program fundraiser, but he has such a huge SweetTooth that ends up eating all of them, meaning that he owes the school $60. He then tries to make his own chocolates to sell and pay off the debt without anybody except [[BestFriend Arthur]] finding out. Unfortunately, the batch of chocolates turned out to be terrible and because Buster didn't taste-test them so he wouldn't be tempted to go on another chocolate binge he didn't know this until angry customers showed up and demanded refunds. Even more unfortunately, Principal Haney was one of the people he sold the bad-tasting chocolates too, which wound up exposing what happened to the original chocolates. Afterward, a long-time supporter of the music program catches wind of the situation and strikes up a deal with the school where he'll pay off Buster's debt in exchange for him working for a few hours in his joke shop the following weekend.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'': In "Buster's Sweet Sucess", Buster is tasked with selling 20 boxes of chocolate for the school's music program fundraiser, but he has such a huge SweetTooth that ends up eating all of them, meaning that he owes the school $60. He then tries to make his own chocolates to sell and pay off the debt without anybody except [[BestFriend Arthur]] finding out. Unfortunately, the batch of chocolates turned out to be terrible and because Buster didn't taste-test them so he wouldn't be tempted to go on another chocolate binge he didn't know this until angry customers showed up and demanded refunds. Even more unfortunately, Principal Haney was one of the people he sold the bad-tasting chocolates too, which wound up exposing what happened to the original chocolates. Afterward, The situation is resolved when a long-time supporter of the music program catches wind of the situation and strikes up makes a deal with the school where and Buster; he'll pay off Buster's debt in exchange for him working for a few hours in his joke shop for a few hours during the following upcoming weekend.


* ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'': In "Buster's Sweet Sucess", Buster is tasked with selling 20 boxes of chocolate for the school's music program fundraiser, but he has such a huge SweetTooth that ends up eating all of them, meaning that he owes the school $60. He then tries to make his own chocolates to sell and pay off the debt without anybody except [[BestFriend Arthur]] finding out. Unfortunately, the batch of chocolates turned out to be terrible and because Buster didn't taste-test them so he wouldn't be tempted to go on another chocolate binge he didn't know this until angry customers showed up and demanded refunds. Even more unfortunately, Principal Haney was one of the people he sold the bad-tasting chocolates too, which wound up exposing what happened to the original chocolates. Afterward, a long-time supporter of the music program agrees to pay off Buster's debt in exchange for him working for a few hours in his joke shop that weekend.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'': In "Buster's Sweet Sucess", Buster is tasked with selling 20 boxes of chocolate for the school's music program fundraiser, but he has such a huge SweetTooth that ends up eating all of them, meaning that he owes the school $60. He then tries to make his own chocolates to sell and pay off the debt without anybody except [[BestFriend Arthur]] finding out. Unfortunately, the batch of chocolates turned out to be terrible and because Buster didn't taste-test them so he wouldn't be tempted to go on another chocolate binge he didn't know this until angry customers showed up and demanded refunds. Even more unfortunately, Principal Haney was one of the people he sold the bad-tasting chocolates too, which wound up exposing what happened to the original chocolates. Afterward, a long-time supporter of the music program agrees to catches wind of the situation and strikes up a deal with the school where he'll pay off Buster's debt in exchange for him working for a few hours in his joke shop that the following weekend.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'': In "Buster's Sweet Sucess", Buster is tasked with selling 20 boxes of chocolate for the school's music program fundraiser, but he has such a huge SweetTooth that ends up eating all of them, meaning that he owes the school $60. He then tries to make his own chocolates to sell and pay off the debt without anybody except [[BestFriend Arthur]] finding out. Unfortunately, the batch of chocolates turned out to be terrible and because Buster didn't taste-test them so he wouldn't be tempted to go on another chocolate binge he didn't know this until angry customers showed up and demanded refunds. Even more unfortunately, Principal Haney was one of the people he sold the bad-tasting chocolates too, which wound up exposing what happened to the original chocolates. Afterward, a long-time supporter of the music program agrees to pay off Buster's debt in exchange for him working for a few hours in his joke shop that weekend.


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* ''Series/That70sShow'': The gang head out to a fancy restaurant but when time comes to pay the bill, they don't have enough money. Micheal, Hyde, Jackie, Kelso and Fez head off to get some money, but we later find out it was a prank on Eric and Donna with the hope this might happen. Eric and Donna are forced to do a Dine and Dash and later repay their friends for the prank.
* ''Series/KenanAndKel''. The duo are trying to prevent the former's family from returning home to find that it had been robbed. When Kenan's parents request their bill, he secretly steals his father's wallet, and they are forced to wash dishes. All of this is deliberately done to buy time for the police to arrest the burglars and recover the stolen furniture, and for Kel to unload that furniture back into the Rockmore residence. [[spoiler: Kel, being Kel, ruined the plan by unloading different furniture for liking it better than he likes the stuff he should have unloaded.]]

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* ''Series/That70sShow'': The gang head out to a fancy restaurant but when the time comes to pay the bill, they don't have enough money. Micheal, Hyde, Jackie, Kelso Kelso, and Fez head off to get some money, but we later find out it was a prank on Eric and Donna with the hope this might happen. Eric and Donna are forced to do a Dine and Dash and later repay their friends for the prank.
* ''Series/KenanAndKel''. The duo are is trying to prevent the former's family from returning home to find that it had been robbed. When Kenan's parents request their bill, he secretly steals his father's wallet, and they are forced to wash dishes. All of this is deliberately done to buy time for the police to arrest the burglars and recover the stolen furniture, and for Kel to unload that furniture back into the Rockmore residence. [[spoiler: Kel, being Kel, ruined the plan by unloading different furniture for liking it better than he likes the stuff he should have unloaded.]]



* ''Series/ILoveLucy'': Lucy and Ethel complain about not having equal rights to their husbands and demand as such. Ricky and Fred agree and they head out for dinner, however Ricky explains the situation to the manager and has the girls given separate checks. Since Lucy and Ethel were expecting their husbands to pay for their food, they don't have the money and are forced to wash dishes. They do get even for this stunt at the end of this episode.

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* ''Series/ILoveLucy'': Lucy and Ethel complain about not having equal rights to their husbands and demand as such. Ricky and Fred agree and they head out for dinner, however however, Ricky explains the situation to the manager and has the girls given separate checks. Since Lucy and Ethel were expecting their husbands to pay for their food, they don't have the money and are forced to wash dishes. They do get even for this stunt at the end of this episode.



* In an episode of ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'', the Bundys went to dine at a restaurant and realized they forgotten the money at home. Bud and Kelly went home to pick it but decided to keep it for themselves and let their parents to fend for themselves. Once Al told Peg she'd probably be forced to wash dishes to pay the bill, she quickly devised and implemented a plan to escape and it worked.
** And the time Al had to work as a bellhop to pay off fraudulent credit card debts. And the time Peg had to work a fast food job to pay off her Patty Bright makeup debt. And another time when Al had to work at a gas station after his family spent all the gas money buying snacks.

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* In an episode of ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'', the Bundys went to dine at a restaurant and realized they have forgotten the money at home. Bud and Kelly went home to pick it but decided to keep it for themselves and let their parents to fend for themselves. Once Al told Peg she'd probably be forced to wash dishes to pay the bill, she quickly devised and implemented a plan to escape and it worked.
** And the time Al had to work as a bellhop to pay off fraudulent credit card debts. And the time Peg had to work a fast food fast-food job to pay off her Patty Bright makeup debt. And another time when Al had to work at a gas station after his family spent all the gas money buying snacks.


** A variation occurs in an earlier cartoon, ''Disney/DonaldsCrime'', in which Donald robs his nephews' PiggyBank to pay for a date with Daisy. However, he becomes so guilty about his actions earlier (partially goaded into such by an InteractiveNarrator) that he takes the opportunity to pay back his nephews by spending taking a job as a restaurant dishwasher.

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** A variation occurs in an earlier cartoon, ''Disney/DonaldsCrime'', "WesternAnimation/DonaldsCrime", in which Donald robs his nephews' PiggyBank to pay for a date with Daisy. However, he becomes so guilty about his actions earlier (partially goaded into such by an InteractiveNarrator) that he takes the opportunity to pay back his nephews by spending taking a job as a restaurant dishwasher.


* In ''Literature/SpinningSilver'' Wanda enters the story when the moneylender's daughter Miryem, unable to get any sort of material payment plan from her father Gorek, sees the strapping farmgirl and demands she work for her family with her wage applied to the six kopek debt.

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* In ''Literature/SpinningSilver'' Wanda enters the story when the moneylender's daughter Miryem, unable to get any sort of material payment plan from her father Gorek, sees the strapping farmgirl and demands she work for her family with her wage applied to the six kopek debt.debt. Wanda is privately thrilled because it keeps her away from her abusive father and an arranged marriage; when Miryem gives her a raise, she takes the difference in coin to stretch out her service.

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* In the short story "Literature/TheNecklace", Mathilde loses a diamond necklace she borrowed from her wealthy friend and she and her husband take out a huge loan to buy a replacement necklace to prevent her friend from finding out. It takes them ''ten years'' of grueling work to pay off the loan -- and then when she finally tells the truth to her friend after the loan has been paid off, her friend tells her the necklace she lost [[ShaggyDogStory was a cheap imitation that was worth only a tiny fraction of what she paid to replace it]].



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* One "Calamity James" story in ''ComicBook/TheBeano'' ended with the BornUnlucky protagonist having to wash the dishes in a restaurant, and suggesting to his PersonalRaincloud that it could wash, and he'd dry.
* ''Comicbook/TheDandy Comic Library'' #14 "Baby Crockett in: Baby Goes to Town" had the baby visit a posh restaurant and, not realising he had to pay, order everything. After having to wash stacks of dishes, he was hungry again, and found a GreasySpoon where the proprieter cheerfully told him it was on the house.


* On ''Caillou'' (no, not ''Kaeloo''), this is joked about in "Caillou Becomes a Waiter." When Caillou and his babysitter Julie make a pretend restaurant, the cost for a macaroni meal is four cents, but Caillou tells her she doesn't have any money. She responds that if he can't pay for his meal, he'll have to do the dishes, but says she guesses she can make an exception. He replies that he wants to do the dishes. Afterwards, both he and Julie are at the sink.

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* On ''Caillou'' (no, not ''Kaeloo''), ''WesternAnimation/{{Caillou}}'', this is joked about in "Caillou Becomes a Waiter." When Caillou and his babysitter Julie make a pretend restaurant, the cost for a macaroni meal is four cents, but Caillou tells her she doesn't have any money. She responds that if he can't pay for his meal, he'll have to do the dishes, but says she guesses she can make an exception. He replies that he wants to do the dishes. Afterwards, both he and Julie are at the sink.

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* One ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' sketch featured Creator/PabloPicasso (played by Creator/JonLovitz) having a grand time at a seaside cafe and freely handing out his autograph to patrons and staff in place of money. Dishwashing ensues when management refuses to accept a signed napkin as payment on the check.
-->'''Picasso:''' "What a ''revoltin''' development!"


* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV'' has Micheal chase after his wife's yoga instructor whom she slept with. In a fit of rage, Michael pulls down a support beam on a house that the man fled to and destroys the entire house. Turns out that not only the house did not belong to the yoga instructor, it belonged to a man who has a lot of power and influence and is now threatening Micheal unless he repays him $5 million. [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Oops.]] You do eventually pay off the debt, but it takes up until the halfway point of the story for the debt to finally be resolved and collecting the money yourself outside of story missions doesn't count. The incident kicks starts the main story and Micheal, through an optional phone call, even lampshades the situation by saying that if he hadn't pulled down that house, he wouldn't be in the mess that he is in now.

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* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV'' has Micheal chase after his wife's yoga instructor whom she slept with. In a fit of rage, Michael pulls down a support beam on a house that the man fled to and destroys the entire house. Turns out that not only the house did not belong to the yoga instructor, it belonged to a man Martin Madrazo, the local drug lord, who has a lot of power and influence and is now threatening Micheal unless he repays him $5 million. [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Oops.]] You do eventually pay off the debt, but it takes up until the halfway point of the story for the debt to finally be resolved and collecting the money yourself outside of story missions doesn't count. The incident kicks starts the main story and Micheal, through an optional phone call, even lampshades the situation by saying that if he hadn't pulled down that house, he wouldn't be in the mess that he is in now.now.
** Later in the story, Madrazo commissions Michael and Trevor to do an assassination mission. Except he ordered them to do it for free after their debts were paid, and Trevor got antsy. Trevor responds by ''biting his ear off and kidnapping his wife''. After Michael pays Madrazo one last time, Madrazo agrees to stay the hell away from them both.

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* ''ComicBook/GastonLagaffe'' takes Jeannie on a date where everything goes wrong, and the evening ends with them having to wash a mountain of dishes because he discovers too late that he forgot the wallet. The joke is not so much this, but rather that Jeannie is so smitten with Gaston that she gleefully makes up excuses for every mistake he does. When Gaston can't find his wallet, she remarks that "geniuses are absent-minded".


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** Bart Simpson has worked as both a carnie and a burlesque house doorman, and possibly more.
** Marge had to work at said burlesque house after she caused even more damage than Bart did.
** The entire family had to work as a mariachi band after they tried to pull a dine and dash.
** Lisa worked as a living ''myPod'' advertising board to pay for her myTunes downloads. [[SpoofAesop That's what you get for downloading music legally]].

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** ** In "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS8E5BartAfterDark Bart After Dark]]", Bart Simpson has worked as both a carnie and a burlesque house doorman, and possibly more.
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more. Marge had to work at said burlesque house after she caused even more damage than Bart did.
** The In "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS12E5HomerVsDignity Homer Vs. Dignity]]", the entire family had to work as a mariachi band after they tried to pull a dine and dash.
** In "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS20E7MyPodsAndBoomsticks MyPods and Boomsticks]]", Lisa worked as a living ''myPod'' advertising board to pay for her myTunes downloads. [[SpoofAesop That's what you get for downloading music legally]].

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