In the novel The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, an official notification was issued for the demolition of a house, in such an inconvenient place that the owner was not intended to see that order. The legal obligation to notify him was fulfilled, but was done in a sneaky or lazy way. The sign on the door where that demolition order was kept read "Beware of the leopard".
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"Beware of the leopard" source Edit
"Beware of the leopard" comes from the following passage in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy:
- "But Mr. Dent, the plans have been available in the local planning office for the last nine months."
- "Oh yes, well as soon as I heard I went straight round to see them, yesterday afternoon. You hadn't exactly gone out of your way to call attention to them, had you? I mean, like actually telling anybody or anything."
- "But the plans were on display ..."
- "On display? I eventually had to go down to the cellar to find them."
- "That's the display department."
- "With a flashlight."
- "Ah, well the lights had probably gone."
- "So had the stairs."
- "But look, you found the notice didn't you?"
- "Yes," said Arthur, "yes I did. It was on display in the bottom of a locked filing cabinet stuck in a disused lavatory with a sign on the door saying 'Beware of the Leopard'."