Yesterday, in what has to be the most dramatic, non-violent, public job resignation ever, JetBlue flight attendant Steven Slater dropped a few F-bombs over the loudspeaker, grabbed a beer from the galley, engaged the inflatable emergency chute, slid down to the runway, hopped in his car, and drove home.
Is that cool, or what? I know it’s not really cool, but c’mon—haven’t we all had days at work when we would have exited via the emergency slide if we’d had one?
The straw that broke the camel’s back for Slater, apparently, was a run-in with an obnoxious passenger who unapologetically hit him in the head with her overhead luggage. Of course, stories are now running rampant about all the possible stressors in Slater’s personal life that might have pushed him to the brink. Again, I think we can all relate. Maintaining control and professionalism on the job can be mighty tough when you’re facing a double-whammy of drama at home and at work.
Slater’s flipout will undoubtedly cost JetBlue money to replace the emergency slide, retain lawyers, and hold lots of meetings to reevaluate their employee screening processes—but they’re getting tons of publicity for their money.
And I must confess, I kind of appreciate Slater’s stylish sayonara. Say what you will, it beats the hell out of another horrific workplace shooting.
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