No, this is not about Lech Walesa, his mustache and dock workers in Gdansk. I do, however, enjoy saying Gdansk. This post is about the way those of us who deal with the public reacted when we heard aboutthe flight attendant dude who was abused by a passenger and flipped out in a flamboyant way. Disclaimer time: I think it’s a horrible idea to open the escape slide on a jet plane since it could have hit some poor sucker on the tarmac. Mercifully, that didn’t happen so we can have some fun with this story.
Having said that, I had a “holy crap that’s cool moment” when I heard about Steven Slater sliding down the escape slide beer in hand. As someone who owns and works in a small retail business, I feel Mr. Slater’s pain. As someone who has watched some bozo try to push a valise containing all his worldly possessions into an overhead compartment, I share Mr. Slater’s annoyance with that level of malakatude. I also don’t like being called a motherfucker; a word that used to lead to automatic expulsion in Major League Baseball. I suspect it still does but I’m a lapsed baseball fan so I’m not certain. But who among us who deals with the public hasn’t wanted to tell a rude and/or drunk “customer” to fuck off? I’ve never done it but I’ve wanted to…
Here’s how Countdown covered the story last night complete with cheesy Chinese anime:
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