When I heard that flight attendant Steven Slater activated the inflatable slide in order to flee the Jet Blue plane he was working on I thought to myself, “Good God, that man is my hero. That man is AMERICA’S hero.”
According to the New York Daily News:
“To the fucking asshole who told me to fuck off, it’s been a good 28 years,” Slater, 38, purred, cops said. “I’ve had it. That’s it,” he added, a passenger said.
The mad-as-hell steward grabbed a couple of brewskis and popped one open before activating the emergency exit, witnesses told airport employees.
After tossing his two carry-on bags on the slide, he followed them to the tarmac.
Look, we’ve all worked customer service jobs. Or at least, most of us have. And with a 10% unemployment rate, if you haven’t yet, there’s still a good chance you’re going to. And, at least when I worked at one of those jobs, I fantasized about doing this every. single. day. The grabbing the brewskis and screaming “fuck you, motherfuckers” part. Not the inflatable slide part. That was more awesome than I could ever have imagined.
The Gloss office would like to say thank you, Steven Slater. Thank you for getting mad as hell and not taking it any more in the way that we never did. Thank you on behalf of the former cocktail waitresses who served shots while dressed up as a “sexy pirate” (me). Thank you from the people who spent hours folding and refolding all the t-shirts at the Gap (Lilit). Thank you from the babysitters. Thank you from the assistants. Thank you from those of us who cleaned other people’s toilets for money. We’d say thank you from the former flight attendants, but we can’t, because no one has had a job that tough. Steven Slater, you are a folk hero for all of us, and we salute you with our seats in their full upright position.