There are some real jerks in the world. I’ll never forget one that I used to work with named Rodney. Rodney thought that it was the company’s responsibility to buy coffee for all of the employees. We had formed a “coffee club” and for twenty-five cents per day, you could join and drink all the coffee you wanted, but that wasn’t good enough for Rodney. Convinced he was being screwed, he snuck into the building late one Friday night and snipped all of the power cords to every single coffee maker in the building. There were over 700 employees at that location, so Rodney was busy…
They caught Rodney on video and suspended him for a week without pay. Rodney was angry. So much so, that he called in a bomb threat just a few days into his suspension! My company was an official Dept. of Defense facility for the
I thought about Rodney the other day while I was sitting in my exit-row seat on the plane. Recently, they’ve changed the announcement that the flight attendants make prior to take off. Now they say, “If you are seated in an exit row and you are unwilling or unable to assist in the event of an emergency, then please contact a flight attendant and they will re-seat you.” I’ve heard that a thousand times, but this time… well, I guess it finally sunk in. There are a lot of people who are unable to assist, right? I mean, you have to be able to jockey a 50lb door open and/or out of a burning plane. Some folks just don’t have the strength. But who on this earth would be UNWILLING to assist? Have you thought about that? Who are those people?
Me: “Sir, we’ve crashed. Would you open the door please so we can get the heck out of the burning plane?”
Rod: “Uh… No.”
Me: “Open it, NOW!”
Rod: “I am not willing to assist. Find your own way, leave me alone!
At that point, wouldn’t it be considered “justifiable homicide” to just kill Rodney and shove him AND the door out of the plane? Seriously… I say, if you’re not willing to assist in the event of an emergency, then you shouldn’t even be allowed on the plane to begin with!
The next time you’re in the exit row, take a good hard look at the person by the door. If he looks squirrelly, then be prepared to kick his butt or to find another flight neighbor who’s “willing” to help you do so!
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