Good for Him?

A Jet Blue flight attendant, lost it, cussed out the plane and slid down the emergency shoot.

On Monday, on the tarmac at Kennedy International Airport, a JetBlue attendant named Steven Slater decided he had had enough, the authorities said.

After a dispute with a passenger who stood to fetch luggage too soon on a full flight just in from Pittsburgh, Mr. Slater, 38 and a career flight attendant, got on the public-address intercom and let loose a string of invective.

Then, the authorities said, he pulled the lever that activates the emergency-evacuation chute and slid down, making a dramatic exit not only from the plane but, one imagines, also from his airline career.

On his way out the door, he paused to grab a beer from the beverage cart. Then he ran to the employee parking lot and drove off, the authorities said.

How many are saying good for him? It's well documented pilots, airline flight attendants have been squeezed to death on wages. Frontline's documentary flying cheap is way beyond a fed up flight attendant, literally safety is on the line.

But who can blame a flight attendant going off on yet another rude passenger, or vice-versa.

While they cart the flipped out flight attendant off to jail, who thinks America, in general is about to blow? If only there was an escape shoot off this worker abuse bus for everyone.

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What's wrong with this WSJ story?

The Wall Street Journal ran a story about people quitting jobs in dramatic fashion.

The problem is they fail to notice one quite because they were ordered, yes ordered to work late into the night as salaried. This happens all of the time. A full time salaried position is supposedly to be 40 hours. In reality, they are often more like 60 hours, or demands, not listed on the job description, that someone stay late, cancel their personal plans. There is even discrimination against single mothers for hiring, due to fear they might have to take care of their kid (oh lordy no!) and also insurance cost discrimination.

The article fails to recognize how abusive and how bad work environments can be these days.

Not a question on the reality of a software programmer claiming he can earn more at McDonalds, showing that programmer is being abused. I've seen jobs for advanced skills, wanting to pay $10 bucks an hour.

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Salaried workers

Yes, very true. I was a salaried employee and very seldom kept my working hours down to 40/week. the more I completed, the more i was assigned. and, recently it was made very clear to me that employers can, indeed, abuse their workers as freely as they care to--and, as long as it cannot be directly associated with the legal definition of discrimination or retaliation--bringing into play the legal definition of 'hostile work environment', they can continue to abuse and abuse and abuse. it's perfectly legal...seems it is the american way, today.

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I completely agree with the

I completely agree with the problems of salaried workers these days. Theoretically this system should work by being paid to complete a task, rather than how many hours you are at the office. If this system worked this way, it wouldn't matter if you spend 10 hours or 40 hours to finish an assignment. Unfortunately, many business's use this model of pay as way to overwork their employees with no forms of compensation. I have worked under both models and I will take hourly pay over salaried any day.

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