Love it. One must click on the update to get the full story.
The truth may be out there but lies are in your head. Terry Pratchett
I know, I made a little comment to that effect at the bottom of my post, but it's below my "siggy" so maybe nobody noticed? I didn't see the update the first time, but I edited my post after I saw it.
Stories like these, I think, just sort of add to the fantasy of stickin' it to the boss(not you I suppose considering you ARE your boss, lol), and that's why this Slater dude is a folk hero. I wouldn't go so far as to say I admire him but dang, it's a funny story.
I have signatures turned off so that could be why I didn't see it in your post.
I don't think that this was a sudden thing where he lost it because of one customer. I get the impression that he may have been planning to quit that way for a while and was just waiting for inevitable ultra-aggravating passenger to come along to use as a catalyst. Witnesses say he wasn't angry at all - in fact he seemed happy throughout the entire intercom/slide tirade. I also don't think he was trying to stick it to his boss, or anyone for that matter. I think he was simply fed up with customer service and made an unwise yet hilarious predetermined decision to quit in a movie-like blaze of glory for the sake of feeling alive and noticed.
Oh, no, I agree with you about the guy, and how his employment opportunities will not be nearly as plentiful after this stunt. Any money he may make from appearances will probably pay attorney fees, fines, etc. as well.
But I don't think that many people are paying so much attention to this aspect of it. The initial news story--granted, I heard it while up with my 2 y/o at 4am--was a lighthearted end-of-the-broadcast story, and was followed by that other story about the drive-thru chicken nugget rage incident. Your DH is right on; that's what people are focusing on, not the ramifications of it. I'm sure Mr. Slater is looking those in the face today and probably not smirking so much now. :-)