Throughout the whole ordeal there were many, many people who realized that this was a painful experience for us. The airline folks made whatever changes we needed without any extra charges. The passengers offered help with luggage. The paramedics took my wife with them to the hospital when we landed. But there was one person…
When my son was trying to scream — unable to do so because of fatigue and dehydration — and when my wife was frantically cleaning up the vomit, a guy in the next row turned to his companion and said loudly, "remind me never to have kids, and if I do, never to bring them on an airplane."
In his place — before becoming a parent — I probably would have felt the same way.
But saying it loud enough to make sure that other passengers and my wife heard it, as if to make a point about our terrible parenting, was absolutely callous. He said that to a mother whose baby was in critical condition in front of her eyes while she was utterly helpless.
I hope he does have kids and loves them enough to realize that parents don’t really prefer being in those kind of situations.
7. Almost famous.
When I was a supervisor in a restaurant, I once had a (relatively minor) celebrity say to me: "Do you know who I am?"
In return, I bellowed out to the whole restaurant: "Excuse me ladies and gentlemen, this man appears to have forgotten who he is. If anyone could help him find out who he is, could they be kind enough to inform him please." He called me something very rude and left. Mission accomplished.
Andrew Michael Roberts
8. Neither a borrower nor a lender be.
I work front desk at a hotel. A random man came into the hotel asking to speak to my manager. She was on a business call and couldn’t come to the front to talk to him so I asked him if there was anything I could do to help him out. Usually, I’m able to help most people without even getting a manager involved.
He started talking really softly, telling me that he was out of gas and had no money and that he needed to borrow just $5 or $10 from the hotel. Could I please help? (continued...)