Just another day at the office...Jet Blue employee goes mad
Jet Blue employee Steven Slater had a very eventful day at the office. While working on a flight on a Jet Blue plane at Kennedy airport in NY, Slater got into a heated exchange of words with a passenger that accidentally hit him in the head with his luggage. He cursed at the passenger, then got on the microphone and blasted the passenger so everyone else could hear him.
After making his announcement, Slater grabbed 2 beers from the galley and jumped out of the emergency exit. He's charged with criminal mischief, reckless endangerment and trespassing. Since making the front page of several New York newspapers, Slater has since received tons of encouraging messages on his FB page.
Neighbors say that he is stressed out b/c he is caring for his mother who has been diagnosed with terminal Cancer. This is exactly where the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) should have come into play. Though I am not familiar with Mr. Slater’s situation, nor Jet Blue’s policies, it seems that people like Mr. Slater should be given the option of taking time off to care for a loved one, instead of staying at work and going all “Kanye” on his passengers.
Caring for a loved one with a terminal illness can be an emotional nightmare. It also presents a financial strain on the family. I can’t help but wonder what Slater is going to do now without the financial cushion of his job at Jet Blue. Perhaps a cameo on Jersey Shore and a face off with Snooki….
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