"If you represent special interests, I can seat you immediately."
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"Do you have a reservation?"
"On the upside, you're only one heart attack away from reaching our platinum V.I.P. status."
Tags:heart attack, heart attacks, heart problem, heart problems, heart trouble, heart troubles, thrombosis, thoracic surgeon, thoracic surgeons, surgery, surgeries, surgical procedure, surgical procedures, platinum, platinum status, platinum statuses, vip, vips, v.i.p., v.i.p.s, upside, upsides, veins, arteries, clog, clogs, clogged, clogging
"Would you sign this for me?"
"I'm positive. This is the location for the Tupperware after party."
"I'm sorry, Ms. Farkas can't see you right now. Can you come back when you're more important?"
Authorized Personnel Only
A woman walks the red carpet during a security screening.
Tags:airport, airports, flying, air travel, travel, tourism, passenger, passengers, traveller, travellers, traveler, travelers, travelling, traveling, screening, screenings, security screening, security screenings, security, protection, safety, scanner, scanners, metal detector, metal detectors, detector, detectors, officer, officers, agent, agents, tsa, t.s.a., transportation security administration, department of homeland security, red carpet, red carpets, vip, v.i.p, very important person, vips, v.i.p.s, famous, celeb, celebs, celebrity, celebrities, famous people, fame, hollywood
A man stranded in the desert watches a king crawl by on a red carpet
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The Way It Should Be
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"It's still the red-carpet treatment, even if it's only remnants."