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* BigBrotherIsWatching: the all-present surveillance cameras in Wilie's restaurant chains.
* BlackAndGreyMorality: It is taken as completely acceptible that Willy, by right of ownership and proprietor status, has the absolute right to monitor all his employees 24/7 with intrusive surveillance cameras - even when there appears to be no need for them and no justification. The [[BigBrotherIsWatching Orwellian implications]] of this are never questioned and it is accepted as perfectly natural.



* FollowTheLeader: ''Series/MysteryDiners'' popped up on the Food Network soon after ''Restaurant Stakeout''. The only difference seems to be a different company in charge of surveillance and undercover operations.


* FollowTheLeader: ''Mystery Diners'' popped up on the Food Network soon after ''Restaurant Stakeout''. The only difference seems to be a different company in charge of surveillance and undercover operations.

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* FollowTheLeader: ''Mystery Diners'' ''Series/MysteryDiners'' popped up on the Food Network soon after ''Restaurant Stakeout''. The only difference seems to be a different company in charge of surveillance and undercover operations.


* DudeNotFunny: In-universe this happens a few times:
** In one episode a waiter decides to try out his lame comedy routine on customers, and even ends up deeply offending a few of them. When they asked to speak to his supervisor, he bought them off with free food and drinks to keep himself from getting in trouble.
** Another episode focused on a restaurant that served extremely spicy ghost pepper hot sauce, in which employees would gleefully prank each other ''and'' even paying customers by slipping them the hot sauce. After they get called out on it, they are promptly informed that not only is what their doing morally wrong, it is downright ''dangerous'' as someone could experience medical problems if they are sensitive to spice.

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* DudeNotFunny: In-universe this happens a few times:
** In one episode a waiter decides to try out his lame comedy routine on customers, and even ends up deeply offending a few of them. When they asked to speak to his supervisor, he bought them off with free food and drinks to keep himself from getting in trouble.
** Another episode focused on a restaurant that served extremely spicy ghost pepper hot sauce, in which employees would gleefully prank each other ''and'' even paying customers by slipping them the hot sauce. After they get called out on it, they are promptly informed that not only is what their doing morally wrong, it is downright ''dangerous'' as someone could experience medical problems if they are sensitive to spice.

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* KnowWhenToFoldEm: The staff at the Red Room in New Rochester was so dead-set in its ways that everyone was quick to snap back at Willie at any suggestion he tried to make, with a few of them ready to defend their teammates, effectively nullifying anything Willie said. After trying several times to provide advice and getting attacked every time, Willie realized ItIsBeyondSaving and walked right out, the owners deciding to sell off the property and kitchen equipment.



* BlatantLies: A bartender who was caught on camera stealing from the register, drinking on the job, and giving free drinks to women he found attractive insisted that he was trying to "help" his boss by "building a customer base".

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*BlatantLies: A bartender who was caught on camera stealing from the register, drinking on the job, and giving free drinks to women he found attractive insisted that he was trying to "help" his boss by "building a customer base".

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* FollowTheLeader: ''Mystery Diners'' popped up on the Food Network soon after ''Restaurant Stakeout''. The only difference seems to be a different company in charge of surveillance and undercover operations.


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* HiredForTheirLooks: In one episode, Willie suspected that the general manager of a restaurant partook in this. He had two undercover women attempt job interviews for waitressing with this manager, and confirmed Willie's suspicions when he hired the young, inexperienced teenage girl over the older, but vastly more qualified woman. He even went so far as attempting to flirt with her.

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A Creator/FoodNetwork original RealityShow (2012-), starring Willie Degel, a restauranteur. The shows employs hidden cameras, watching the happenings of a restaurant, with the help of the owner.

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* ShoutOut: The Nikko's episode features the microwave being taken out to the alley, and destroyed with baseball bats, ''Film/OfficeSpace''-style.
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