Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Missing Something, I Guess

I guess I just don’t get it. At a time when, as my grandmother would say, jobs are as scarce as hen’s teeth, a flight attendant gets mad throws a fit almost guaranteed to cost him his job and he becomes an overnight folk hero.

This guy forfeits his job during a time when we are told the most important focus should be on jobs and yet he is hailed for his actions? Maybe I am missing something because I just don’t see what he did as an accomplishment worthy of fame and admiration. When did losing it become cool?


Blogger Matty Boy said...

It was the inflatable slide bit. It's just the right amount of over-dramatic.

August 11, 2010 7:01 AM  
Blogger Sewmouse said...

Yup. It was the slide. C'mon, who HASN"T wondered how cool it would be to get off the airplane on one of those slides in a non-emergency kind of way?

August 11, 2010 7:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The rude woman, who hit him in the head with her bag, was probably the straw that broke the camel's back. Some people think they can treat service people rudely because know they can't say or do anything back. The attendant had worked for 28 years and maybe he had just had enough. Sometimes a job is not worth this crap you have to take with a smile.

August 11, 2010 8:50 AM  
Blogger Matty Boy said...

He lists his age as 38, so it's a little hard for him to have worked for 28 years. Just another example of him being a drama queen, but he's seen as a hero because everybody understands his motivation.

August 11, 2010 9:33 AM  
Blogger Abu Scooter said...

Of course losing it was going to "become cool." People are losing their jobs left and right, and the work that's not exported gets dumped onto their surviving co-workers.

With pressure mounting on the "survivors" like that, an episode like this was inevitable. This time, we got a good laugh out of it. Next time -- and there will be one -- won't be as enjoyable.

August 11, 2010 11:00 AM  
Blogger Mauigirl said...

I agree with Abu - it's because all the people who still have jobs are under so much pressure that they can identify with someone who just says "That's it, I'm outa here!" They know they can't do it because they have mortgages and kids in college and whatnot, but they applaud someone who does. It's a vicarious pleasure.

One time my old boss was berating me for missing a deadline when I was under a lot of stress with my mom and aunt being sick, and I had this sudden flash where I thought "I could quit. I could just say 'I don't need to hear this, I quit,' and walk out." I didn't say it out loud but just the thought of it was such a high it got me through the day! (And in reality I did leave the following January, this year, and am very glad I did!)

August 12, 2010 6:58 AM  
Blogger TaraDharma said...

It's like the popular song, "Take this job and shove it" Though unemployment is at an all time high, people can still relate to the jobs from hell and our fantasy of freedom from them. This guy actually fulfilled a lot of fantasies that day....

August 12, 2010 9:54 AM  

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