Today’s Washington Post summed up the Internet’s fascination with the Jet Blue flight attendant who grabbed a beer and slid the escape chute to…? Well at the moment he’s reportedly facing possible jail time.
I think we all want to pull a Slater now and then. We want to activate the escape slide. Maybe at work, maybe at home. We want to shout “It’s been great!” and grab a beer and slater on out of there… We don’t know much about Steve Slater. All we know is that, with a flourish, he declared that he’d rather be unemployed than continue for one more second in that crappy job. What do you think: A spoiled brat who abandoned his job? Or a hero for our times?- [full Washington Post article]
Even the normally conservative, gotta vet vet vet, New York Times is already soliciting “Last Straw” stories on their blog. Who hasn’t been stuck on a long cramped plane ride near some jerk making everyone nuts! Many of us have had jobs that deal with the public and know first hand how brutal that can be. And, I can’t help plugging it into the “Take This Job & Shove It” context. My heart goes out to Nurses and Social Workers who have horrifying stories and the toll it takes on their health. According to at least one survey, the majority of us who have been bullied at work do look at the painful future laid out before us at the mercy of an abusive boss and “pull a Slater” — just not with as much flair or confrontation. I think the public loves this story because being a flight attendant seems like the exact opposite of the one we have — fun and carefree traveling all over the world. Which is exactly how Slater described his career on his MySpace page:
Back flying after five years off the job and having a ball. If I am on the ground, I am probably in my humble home in the ‘burbs doing something domestic and trite. like vacuuming.Or dining, as I just love to dine. Which leads to the gym, to offset the dining. Big fan of sand and sun, I am often found on the beach or in a park, anywhere I can catch some exercise and a few rays. My airline affiliation allows me amazing travel privileges, and I love to max it out with trips around the world, sometimes on a moment’s notice!Let’s go! [Read more: http://www.myspace.com/nycflyer71#ixzz0wDy4Kk2C%5D