Have you ever been so fed up...

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Have you ever been so fed up...
Tue, 08-10-2010 - 1:14pm

... that you walked out of a job?

We've all wanted to do it at one point or another, but few of us have the guts or -- let's face it -- the flair for the dramatic shown by a flight attendant who resigned from his job over an airplane PA system then literally took a slide, as in the aircraft's emergency slide, into the future.

Read the entire article here-

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Registered: 04-04-2005
Tue, 08-10-2010 - 6:57pm

i strongly believe that this flight attendant over reacted. instead of responding the way that he did he should have went and got another flight attendant to assist him in the matter.

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Registered: 08-26-2007
Tue, 08-10-2010 - 10:33pm
He definitely over reacted but I know what it feels like to get so fed up with a job that you've just had it. Sounds like he just snapped but he went too far. I did think his dramatic exit from the plane via the emergency slide was a riot though. I also heard that they had police and swat teams surrounding his home afterward. Think that sounded a little crazy too.
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Tue, 08-10-2010 - 11:03pm

If you read the complete, current story, I think you will see that this is a man who has had a career without a blemish, who is dealing with a mother enduring a painful, lingering death from cancer, and who was pushed to the breaking point.

"The dispute(with the passenger) had begun earlier, when the flight was still waiting to take off from Pittsburgh, when two female passengers got into an argument over space in the overhead bins. That's when Slater was struck in the head. The dispute flared up again after the plane landed in New York when one of the women, who had been asked to gate-check her bag, was enraged that it wasn't immediately available.

"The woman was outraged and cursed him out a great deal," Turman said. "At some point, I think he just wanted to avoid conflict with her."

Slater asked for an apology but the irate passenger cursed him out, saying in effect "go f--k yourself" and calling him a "mo-fo," according to law enforcement source." She also repeatedly used a derogatory term for homosexual, both in the initial encounter and in the second encounter.

And after reading NUMEROUS accounts of what the flight attendant said--each of them a little different, and adding to the story, it appears the REAL tirade was...
"Those of you who have shown dignity and respect these last 20 years, thanks for a great ride. To the f***ing ass**** that told me to f*** off, that's enough. I've had it."

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Wed, 08-11-2010 - 1:24am

Well, I may not have WALKED out of a job, but I sure TALKED my way out of a one. I'm a Registered Dental Hygienist, and a few years ago I worked for a man who thought HE was by far the most intelligent person he had ever met, and made a point of continually "educating" his patients, his ex wife, his girlfriends, his adult children, and his fully capable, well experienced staff --to the point of redundant nausea. He was also notoriously controlling, and could NOT be interrupted when he was performing dentistry. If you wished to speak to him, or have him examine a hygiene patient, you had to whisper your request into the ear of one of his assistants, who would relay the request to him when there was an appropriate break in the proceedings --a situation that frequently led to extremely long waits, and patients stacked up like cordwood.

His insecurity over the whole intelligence thing finally came to a boiling point after he and his hygiene staff(including me) took a week-long continuing education seminar, culminating in a test which I aced, and he did... not. During the flight home and the weeks that followed, he made increasingly disparaging remarks about my intelligence and abilities.

Then one day, as I was preparing to treat an overweight patient, his increasingly tomato red face, sweaty brow, and statement that he took the hypertension medicine he had been prescribed, only when he thought he needed it, led me to believe that his blood pressure was too high for me to continue with services, AND that he might be in danger. I went to take his blood pressure, with the blood pressure cuff that every dental/medical office is SUPPOSED to have in it's emergency kit, only to find the thing dry-rotted and have it disintegrate in my hands. I called over one of the assistants who used to be an EMT, & who I knew carried an old-fashioned, listen for the beat, blood pressure cuff in her car, and asked her to take the patient's BP. It was 190/100. Upon repeat, it was 196/102. I advised the patient he could not be treated, and that furthermore, I believed he should not drive, and should see his MD immediately. He requested we call his wife instead, which we did, and he shortly thereafter left with her. My lunch followed this patient, so I decided to go across the street to the drugstore, and buy an electronic readout BP cuff, so, should a situation like that arise again perhaps AFTER lunch, I would have a working cuff with visible, printable proof of the results.

I had intended to eat the cost of the cuff, and just keep it in my operatory, but upon returning to the office, I was the recipient of a torrent of invective from the dentist. I then informed the dr that it was his responsibility to have a functional BP cuff in the office, and I presented him with the receipt. AS HIS face grew purple, he shouted at me that he had intended to buy a bp cuff, once he found one that could be used easily by anyone, but NOT one that "...could only be used by a BRANIAC like YOU!!!" To which I replied, "Don't worry. I purchased one that can be used by any moron, like YOU."

Needless to say, I summarily received both the reimbursement for the bp cuff, and my final check.

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Wed, 08-11-2010 - 9:47am

I did think his dramatic exit from the plane via the emergency slide was a riot though.

Actually, that is probably the one part that he can face REAL trouble for though.

Getting mouthing and telling off the passenger isn't wise, and he'd likely lose his job for that (although he was quitting anyway, so who cares!)

But, tampering with emergency equipment and deploying it in a non-emergency situation on