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Common Courtesy is No Longer Common


I’ll admit it.  When I fly, I usually fly first-class due to the fact that I’m a bit claustrophobic.  Sitting in the small seats towards the back gives me a great deal of anxiety, to the point that when I fly, I’m willing to choke up the first class fare.  First class round trip with Delta Airlines is usually around $1500.  I have come to enjoy the perks of actually getting smiles from the flight attendants, complimentary entertainment, padding in the roomy seat from top to bottom, a little beverage prior to leaving, a hot towel to clean my hands with, and access to a restroom close by.  Having endometriosis and problems arising from such a case, sometimes makes that restroom a lifesaver.  


By contrast, regular fare is about $500 nowadays.  The seats are crowded both side to side and front to back which is even further emphasized when you are 20 to 30 pounds overweight.  I can feel the metal through the seat “cushions” grating on my back and buttocks for the entire flight.  The flight attendants are noticeably less attentive—sorry, but I’ve found that to be the case on countless occasions.  There are almost always loud and rowdy children in the regular fare seats (Yes, I DO love children, just not ornery ones who are seemingly ignored by their parents throughout an entire 4 hour flight).  And there are 2 bathrooms being shared by hundreds rather than a small handful in first class.


So today when I read on the news that a man on a Delta flight was arrested, put into handcuffs and spent 2 days in jail for his anxious response to a bathroom emergency on an international flight, I was absolutely disgusted. 


delta-joao-correa1Apparently,  of Concord, OH really had to go.  But when his pathway was blocked by a beverage cart, he requested to use the business class restroom.  He was refused. I find this completely ridiculous on so many counts. 


1) I have seen regular fare customers frequently use the first-class restrooms without so much as a cross look from a flight attendant.  Delta does not practice any semblance of consistency in enforcing this ludicrous FAA regulation.


2) It seems apparent that the flight attendant would rather the man degrade himself and put passengers at risk by having a urination accident in his pants, than move the blasted beverage cart or allow him to use the business class restroom.  I mean really, just how clean and safe would YOU feel knowing that a man just peed uncontrollably (or worse) on the floor near you on the airplane?   Talk about a bio-hazard!  The man was clearly desperate to use the bathroom for Pete’s sake!  Do they teach these flight attendants to be inhumane before allowing them to work an international flight? 


3) With so many individuals out of work at present, you would think that any company would have the pick of the litter in selecting conscientious and courteous individuals.  This flight attendant represents Delta and the business culture perpetuated by Delta.  


4) Apparently the man’s request to use the business class restroom on an international flight was against FAA regulations.  For one, I firmly believe that most flight attendants are just as ignorant of real FAA regulations as most of the local police departments are of U.S. Constitution law.  So having a flight attendant taking a stand based on a supposed FAA regulation is hard to swallow.  (See http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=94191 and http://www.wnd.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=56544 for more evidence that police just don’t know the law.)  And besides, are you kidding me?  The government now gets to tell people where they can pee???  And hey, we even get to pay for such ridiculous rules!  I suppose they’re going to try and tell us it’s for our safety.  That’s right.  Keeping bad guys from the business class section of the plane will certainly save lives.  Or perhaps they were trying to provide some in-flight entertainment for the rest of the passengers as they watched a 43 year-old man be degraded by having to ask to use the potty like a 1st grader.


Personally, when I spend so much money to ride in a more expensive class, I’d like to presume that such a premium price gives me access to a bathroom when I need one.  Then again, I’d like to think that the toilet seat would actually be bigger than a Frisbee as well (One can dream, can’t they?).  However, I would NEVER deny someone else from using that same bathroom in an emergency simply because I spent more for my ticket than he did.  After all, while I may be a “first class passenger” that doesn’t negate me from being a human being.  


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I admit that I’m not the most objective person to determine whether or not I truly am “normal.” In fact, I’m not sure that “normal” really exists out there anymore. Regardless, I’ve decided to share some of my closet hang-ups and let you decide.  Will the feedback convey an accurate assessment?  Probably not.  I’m sure that my writings don’t necessarily attract “normal” individuals either.


Confession #1– I’m a judgmental driver.  Everyone who passes me is an “idiot” and everyone who goes too slow is a “moron.”  I caught myself mumbling these exact two accusations within 30 minutes of each other on my way home the other day.  No wonder the confidence of mankind has dwindled lately.  They’ve got unrealistic expectations thrust upon them by drivers like me.


Confession #2– I think people are attractive until I see them chomping gum  Seriously.  I watched an absolutely beautiful woman in line at the grocery store the other day transform herself from a Perfect 10 to a Negative 2 because she was chomping her gum like a cow munching on his cud. I don’t care how beautiful you are. Even if I was a dentist I would have no desire to see what you’re chewing in there!  


I also loathe the snapping sound that folks make with their gum…especially when I can hear it all the way across the store- or worse, church.  I’ve turned people away from a job interview simply because of the gum chewing (and I confess that I strongly encouraged an assistant to quit once I discovered that they constantly chewed with their mouth open.  Do I really want to lose a business relationship that affects my entire staff all because someone can’t keep their lips together while enjoying a business lunch with one of my clients?  You really don’t want to turn someone’s stomach when you’re attempting to wheel and deal, right? 


Confession #3- I firmly believe that the civility of our society has plunged dramatically because of the common courtesies/decencies that many parents have failed to teach their children.  And our entire nation is suffering as a result.  People spend more money when you’re being nice to them.  People pass on smiles when they get them.  Instead we spend our Saturday errands going from place to place attempting to get over the last painful business encounter we just had at the last place. 


Did this training get left up to Dear Abby somewhere? 


A couple of Christmas’s ago a much younger sibling of mine was having a really hard time financially.  Being plagued with a boundless Christmas Spirit I decided to play Santa that year.  Even though I was raised by strict parents who firmly required us to be polite, be mindful of others around us, and to exert impeccable table manners at the risk of death, this particular sibling must have worn them down by the time she came along. Because after all of the gifts were handed out, there was not a single “thank you” from the sibling or any of her 5 children, and in fact, my husband and I were greeted with an annoying wail that that’s all there was!


Oh, and if you really want me at your bridal shower or your wedding, you’ll give me more than 48 hours notice.  And when I do give you a gift, you’ll darn well send a thank you note! (I bet getting in the business of selling thank you cards is about as profitable as Lehman is right about now.)


Ok.  I’m done with my rantings and ravings.  I’ve finally let down my professional demeanor and expose to all of you the inner seethings.  Either you’ll admit you share some similar feelings, or you may inform me that your confession is that you loathe reading confessions.

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