Take This Job and Shove It!

JetblueI suspect most of you have heard about the Jet Blue flight attendant who, fed up with an uncooperative passenger, essentially said, “Take this job and shove it” in dramatic fashion. Steven Slater got on the intercom system, cursed out the passenger, deployed the emergency chute and then slid away from the parked plane – but not before grabbing a beer from the beverage cart.    

Some have lauded Slater’s actions, calling him a “working man’s hero” for saying enough is enough. Unfortunately for this hero, Slater faces criminal charges, including unauthorized exit from an airport.

The incident got me thinking about the times I’ve given notice from a job and whether any fireworks ensued. I think the worst I did was slip a company stapler into my box of belongings on my way out the door. Or, there were the times I quit three different jobs in my teen/young adult years - before I even started. But in those cases, I basically slunk away, embarrassed by my not living up to my verbal commitment.

I’ve certainly had angry, stressful moments at work in the past. But, not once did it ever occur to me to storm out and burn all bridges. Honestly – I kind of admire Slater’s chutzpah. Don’t think it was a smart thing to do for his career, but he’ll probably make millions on his book deal.

What about you, Wise Women? Did this incident strike a chord with you? Any dramatic work departures of your own to report?


  • ann Says:
    8-12-2010 08:30:28

    i’m not sure we have heard the whole story yet! other passengers report him being hostile and unprofessional as they boarded. on the other hand,his former wife portrays him as a wonderful, super professional person. my cynical side says she is being compensated for that declaration of admiration.

    i think that the whole process of flying has become so arduous and aggravating that i am sure passengers and flight attendants alike are frustrated to the max.

    i do not have a fear of flying but the prospect of the “non flying” moments (security,endless waiting, baggage loading, boarding and the actual seating process)really give me pause when i contemplate a flight. by the time the passengers board they have been treated like second or third class citizens rather than valued paying customers. for many it is physically difficult in addition to psychologically disturbing and by the time they actually get seated on the plane they may be exhausted, frustrated with frayed nerves. does this excuse their rudenesss? definitely not. not only do flight attendants have an important job protecting our safety but they deserve any courtesy we would hopefully extend to another human being.

    on the other hand i have witnessed many encounters with officious, nitpicking, unwelcoming flight attendants who have outgrown their school days role of “hall monitor” but who live to challenge and rebuke passengers.

    i personally do not see mr. slater as a hero and having seen his brief media appearances have seen nothing to convince me otherwise. for him–despite any punishment–it will be all the way to the bank!

  • Stacy Says:
    8-12-2010 08:38:18

    Definitely not my definition of someone I would admire or consider a hero!!!!!

  • Catherine Says:
    8-12-2010 10:38:37

    Let’s face it. We all have tough days at work. There are days when we would like to say ‘Elvis has left the building’ and walk out. However, we chose better ways to deal with our frustrations…commiserating with a co-worker, discussing it with a spouse, going for a short walk. We remember that we are professionals.

    Slater will have his 15 minutes of fame and then be forgotten.

  • Maya Says:
    8-13-2010 10:25:04

    I don’t know, Wise Women. While I agree he was thoroughly unprofessional in this instance, I don’t think he had a record of being difficult. I think he had just reached his limit–a place that I often reach at work and fantasize about pulling off some kind of dramatic, “take this job and shove it” exit. I find myself admiring him just a little bit.

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