Fed up Flight Attendant!

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Fed up Flight Attendant!
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Tue, 08-10-2010 - 1:20pm

Slater (the fed up flight attendant) has become an overnight symbol of the fed-up wage slave who's just not going to take it anymore.

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Sun, 08-15-2010 - 2:22am
Tsk, tsk . . details, details . . .

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Thu, 08-12-2010 - 4:26pm
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Thu, 08-12-2010 - 3:57pm
Perfect. That'd be a popular ride and I know *just the guy* they can hire to operate it.

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Thu, 08-12-2010 - 3:56pm

Flight Attendant Union to Slater -- We Got Your Back

8/12/2010 12:05 AM PDT by TMZ Staff

Steven Slater officially has the biggest flight attendant union on the planet in his corner -- we're told his new ally wants to give him everything from legal resources to therapy ... and he ain't even a member.
A rep for the Association of Flight Attendants tells TMZ, "We want to advance the profession no matter what. Sometimes in order to do that we must help people who may not necessarily be members."

According to the rep, the AFA is prepared to provide Steven with legal assistance if he wants it -- which might be helpful because he is currently charged with two counts of reckless endangerment, two counts of criminal mischief and one count of criminal trespass.

FYI -- the AFA represents over 50,000 flight attendants from 22 airlines -- but JetBlue ain't one of 'em.

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Thu, 08-12-2010 - 12:01pm

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LOL! Yeah, an amusement park WOULD be a better choice for anyone with that problem. Maybe someone will develop an amusement park ride that ends with you sliding down a real airplane chute. That would be swell.












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Thu, 08-12-2010 - 11:21am

It could have been planned ahead of time, sure. I can see how riding the chute with beer in hand would be a fun way to quit. The arrest probably put a major damper on it though. The price he'll end up paying for it may make him realize it was much better as a fantasy, than as a reality.

Maybe he's been waiting for 20 years just for a chance to ride the chute, and this was the only way he could think of to get away with doing it. I'd recommend the thrill of an amusement park for any other flight attendants holding onto that dream. Maybe try skydiving.

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Thu, 08-12-2010 - 11:20am

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. :-)

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Thu, 08-12-2010 - 11:05am

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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.












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Thu, 08-12-2010 - 10:43am
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 see it a little differently. The girl with the pictures stuck it to her boss. He would have been damaged by such a revelation to all the co-workers. He was in the wrong on several, and she was outing him. She is in a low level position, hoping to move up, but probably not a big loss and maybe even a huge improvement for her to go find a different business where she can be successful, one not headed by a sexist pig.



Slater trashed or damaged a 20-year career, not because of his boss, but because of some loser irate customer. He let that woman that he had little chance of ever seeing again, get the better of him. He didn't stick it to his boss. We have no reason to even think he was upset with his employer, or wanted to stick it to the airline. And the company isn't at loss without him. Replacing the chute costs $25,000 but they can take him to court and make him pay it back. Say he made $55,000/year salary. They just called up reserve flight attendants who may be earning half that to take over his flights - he saved his company money. Yay for him. Slaters impulsive antics only really inconvenienced himself (now he's not working, and is dealing with a legal issue) and other passengers (had to listen to the fbomb on the PA system, next flight might have been delayed due to the emergency chute issue). He didn't *actually* stick it to his boss at all.



My dh thinks people just like the idea of quitting, grabbing some beer and riding the chute. That part was kind of entertaining. But when you think about him paying fines, possibly facing jail time, and not being able to pay his bills in the near future, it's really not funny. The girl with the pictures though, that was absolutely hilarious and someone doing that, I'd say more power to her, you go girl.

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Thu, 08-12-2010 - 10:32am

I have signatures turned off so that could be why I didn't see it in your post.

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