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Take this job and shove it…

From USA Today:

JetBlue flight attendant strikes a nerve with stressed workers

NEW YORK — JetBlue flight attendant Steven Slater was apparently mad as hell and wasn’t going to take it anymore.After reportedly exchanging words with a passenger who had hit him on the head with a piece of luggage on a flight that arrived at JFK Airport here Monday, Slater took to the jet’s public address system to curse the flier. He then bid the flight — and by his own acknowledgment, his job — adieu by sliding down the plane’s emergency exit chute, but not before quickly grabbing a beer from the jet’s galley.

Once on the tarmac, Slater made his way to his car and drove to his home in nearby Queens.

Slater, 38, was arraigned Tuesday in New York City Criminal Court on charges of criminal mischief, trespassing and reckless endangerment. Although his actions landed him in jail, they won him a legion of fans on the Internet and on talk-radio shows across the nation. His dramatic exit struck a nerve with many overworked, recession-weary Americans— or folks who have been frustrated by the conduct of fellow airline passengers. Messages of support for Slater flooded Facebook pages and Internet message boards.

“He did what all working stiffs have only dreamt of,” a reader who identified himself as Brill Galt wrote on USA TODAY’s reader response line. “Millions of Americans WISH they could have quit in that fashion. … Free Slater!!!”

Read the rest of the article here: 

http://www.usatoday.com/money/industries/travel/2010-08-11-1Aattendants11_CV_N.htm

To me, this is the takeaway:

“Before scooting down the chute, prosecutors said, Slater went on the jet’s PA system where he said, ‘Those of you who have shown dignity and respect these last 20 years, thanks for a great ride’.”

This goes for co-workers as well. For those who don’t show respect for their co-workers, this applies as well. The restaurant business is tough enough without us eating our own. You should show dignity and respect for the weakest among you.

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