Slater…Hero

August 11, 2010 at 4:23 pm Leave a comment

He’s a hero. HERO!
I’ve wanted to yell at idiots on the plane, myself.  Just watching their stupidity hurts my humanity sometimes.  That customer was an IDIOT.
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/38629517/from/RSS/
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/38642085/ns/business-careers/?GT1=43001
                                         
This is the PROSECUTOR’s report of the story:
Prosecutors say the JetBlue flight attendant flipped out over a fight with an agitated traveler Monday, cursing at the passengers before grabbing some beer from the plane’s galley and making a grand exit down the emergency slide at Kennedy Airport.
That’s the negative side of the story – I haven’t even heard the defense side yet…and I’m already siding with Slater.  I think even the prosecution doesn’t want to prosecute this guy.

“Those of you who have shown dignity and respect these last 20 years, thanks for a great ride,” Slater said, according to prosecutors.
He gave up a 20 year career in that industry (he’ll obviously never work as a flight attendent). At some point, pride has to have its place.

Slater’s attorney, Howard Turman, said his client had been drawn into a fight between two female passengers over space in the overhead bins as the Pittsburgh-to-New York flight was awaiting takeoff. Somehow, Slater was hit in the head, Turman said.
After JetBlue Flight 1052 landed in New York, one of the women who had been asked to gate-check her bag was enraged that it wasn’t immediately available, Turman said.

“The woman was outraged and cursed him out a great deal,” Turman said.

Just getting on the PA to yell at an idiot customer, then grabbing a beer from the galley, and walking out the door would have been legendary.  But leaving via the slide and walking across the tarmac and leaving the airport through a gate (that was unlocked) – that’s like movie-style departure.

Could his actions have possibly hurt someone?  Sure – possibly.  No doubt that it is “within the realm of possibility” to use a vehicle improperly and hurt someone.  Running a red light could hurt someone.  Changing lanes without signaling.  Not using your parking brake could, too.  But you only get heavily punished if you actually DO hurt someone.   If you do something that ‘might have’ hurt someone, you get a $100 ticket.  Slater should get a slap on the wrist and that’s it.  He’s a working class hero.
Here’s Colbert’s salute to Slater as the Alpha Dog of the week:
http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/343699/august-10-2010/alpha-dog-of-the-week—steven-slater
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