Steven Slater Quit His Job Like a Cat

By Cole

Karen’s book, How to Work Like a Cat, may have been a few years ahead of its time, but downtrodden, demoralized employees seem ripe for it now, if public reaction to the behavior of JetBlue flight attendant Steven Slater is any indication.

The media initially reported the way he quit his job as a blow-up that flared suddenly when Flight 1052 landed at JFK on August 9, but there’s much more to the story.

According to Slater’s lawyer, an unidentified female passenger boarded Slater’s plane in Pittsburgh with a large carry-on. She started fighting with another woman for overhead bin space, hit Slater’s head with the bin door when he approached to mediate, and didn’t apologize. When he told the woman she’d have to check her bag, she cursed him.

As soon as the plane landed at JFK, the woman demanded her bag immediately and let loose with another barrage of swearing when Slater told her it would be on the baggage carousel.

That’s when Slater finally had enough. He got on the intercom and called her the “f**king asshole who told him to f**k off,” but thanked all the polite passengers. Then he looked out a porthole to make sure no ground crew were outside the plane, grabbed a few beers, deployed the emergency slide, and headed for home.

So what’s feline about that? That woman stepped on his tail twice. He let her get away with physical abuse the first time. But he understandably hissed and spat at the additional verbal abuse and made a hasty escape from a bad situation.

And people are LOVING it. He’s an Internet sensation and Facebook fans are raising money for his legal defense.

We at Cats Working think his approach was a bit too feral, but we applaud him in principle and hope that others follow his example by standing up and saying, “Enough!” to the never-ending crap they’re dished on the job.

What surprises me is that the woman who caused this brouhaha remains silent (still no apology?) and her identity is being protected. She deserves to be publicly humiliated and labeled the “World’s Worst Passenger.” If it doesn’t teach her to behave on her next flight, at least other flight attendants will know they’ve got a crude and selfish abuser on board.

10 Responses to Steven Slater Quit His Job Like a Cat

  1. Deb says:

    Sometimes, it’s the straw that breaks the camels back. One more thing atop the million of other things that cause people to snap. People snap, People!
    The passenger needs to be outed as the rude, obnoxious person that she is.

  2. Zappa says:

    Not only was his tail stepped on twice,but his favorite toy is under the fridge AND his food dish is empty! That poor guy put up with alot everyday,but this was the day to Work Like A Cat.That passenger needs to be swatted with a rolled uo newspaper,not him!


  3. catsworking says:

    Deb and Zappa, I don’t know why the media is pussyfooting around that woman. They should make an example of her. The whole plane must have heard and saw her behaving like an asshole, not to mention the woman who got into the scuffle with her over the overhead bin. You’d think she might want to get a little revenge.

    On second thought, they’d have no way of knowing the woman’s name. JetBlue would have to reveal it.

  4. Imabear says:

    The passenger should be outed! We have to let people know this is not acceptable behavior.
    There was an interview on All Things Considered yesterday with an attendant with American who told of being abused by a couple because he insisted their kids remain seated during the flight. But yelling at him on the plane wasn’t enough – they waited at the end of the jetway and continued their diatribe when he deplaned. Called him names, threatened to have him fired, etc…And if their kids had been allowed to run all over the plane and one of them had fallen or been even slightly injured, you know they’d sue the airline.

  5. catsworking says:

    Imabear, dealing with bad airplane behavior is as screwy as racial profiling in the airport. They bend over backward to let the swarthy, shifty-looking guys with no luggage and suspicious bulges all over their bodies go through security without batting an eye because they’re too busy x-raying busty women and frisking grannies.

    On the plane, they once kicked off a woman for wearing a miniskirt, and you’re always reading about other silly little incidents like that.

    Yet this woman was fighting with another passenger and cursing at the flight attendant BEFORE they took off from Pittsburgh and was allowed to stay on board. Why?

    And to the parents with screaming or unruly kids? I say rent a car or leave them at home. They don’t belong in public until you teach them how to behave.

  6. Tuxi says:

    Amen! And Steven remained a gentleman, not using his paws (as I would have), or teeth (as I would have), plus he apologized to the other passengers before turning the air blue (as Mom) would have! Had Mom been on the plane, she said she would’ve given him a standing ovation! I hope his trial goes well! The poor man had to put up with The Airline Passenger From Hell!

  7. Denise says:

    The passenger DEFINITELY needs to be outed! I can’t believe her identity hasn’t come out already. She can’t hide forever!

  8. catsworking says:

    Welcome, Denise. If anything, you’d think the woman would publicly apologize to Slater and the other passengers on the plane for her rudeness. But maybe she’s afraid if she’s identified, Slater will pursue assault and battery charges against her. Or maybe she’s such an all-round turd in the punchbowl, nothing she could possibly say would evoke any sympathy for her, so her family and friends are telling her to keep quiet until it blows over.

    But the next time she mouths off and tells a flight attendant to “F**k off,” I bet the attendant will say, “Well, well. You must be Ms. JetBlue Flight 1052!”

    What we’re finding hard to swallow, from the “Work Like a Cat” perspective, is that the media is leaping into bed with corporate America and acting like what Slater did is so heinous. Nobody got hurt (except Slater). Nobody was in danger. The plane was at the gate. He finished the flight before he quit.

    And JetBlue is REWARDING customers who abuse their flight attendants. Gotta love it!

  9. Agnes Wenzel says:

    You need to add a facebook button to your blog. I just tweeted this post, but had to do it manually. Just my $.02 🙂

  10. catsworking says:

    Welcome, Agnes, and thanks for the tweet. I think I just found a way to add the Facebook button you wanted.

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