Comments:JetBlue flight attendant accused of cursing at passenger granted bail
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This actually marks a clear breaking point for employers. Just because jobs are a little harder to come by doesn't give an employer free reign to abuse their workers (and yes, telling your employees that your customers have the right to abuse them is abuse).
Do any of you remember a few years back, before it was common knowledge that the economy was in the toilet, a bunch of employers were touting their "fire the customer" policy? If a customer was acting negatively, the employee they were dealing with was allowed to stop dealing with them without incurring the wrath involved with missing a sale. I think that's probably what's going to be the end-all of this one. JetBlue is most likely not going to fire this person, because how bad would that look... "Come fly JetBlue, where we let you beat up flight attendants!" I don't think so.
I'd like to hear the other side of the story. Does anyone plan to hunt down this hysterical woman who decided to take the fact that her vacation was going badly out on the least threatening male she could locate? (And it's not me saying he's nonthreatening because he's a flight attendant, but you can imagine that someone dull enough to throw a temper tantrum because of her luggage most likely holds all the 'conventional' ideas about masculinity and would find any male flight attendant nonthreatening.)
In the end, what this whole occurance tells us is that each and every one of us has to consider a whole new facet of our behavior all the time. Before, it was just "How do I feel about how I'm behaving?" and "How do the people I interact with react to my behavior?" Now, we all are starting to realize that there's a third dimension to our personal behavior - "What will the internet think?" Our abiity to transmit verifiable information about just about any occurance to everyone else on the planet within a few minutes has created a mass consciousness that utterly surpasses the ability of any one individual in its capacity for imposing moral value on any given incident.
Apparently, the moral value being imposed here is that if we're gonna go, we should all grab a few beers and pull the emergency slide on our way out. Fatalistic? Maybe, but at least it sounds like it was fun.