I Don’t Care If The Doctor Who Was Dragged Off A United Flight For Refusing To Give Up His Seat Has A Shady Past Because He’s A Goddamn American Hero
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Everyone and their mother is talking about the incident on a United airline flight in which a passenger was dragged off the plane by police after refusing to be “re-accommodated” when United overbooked the flight. Here’s how it went down:
- United overbooked a flight from Chicago O’Hare Airport to Louisville.
- It wasn’t initially overbooked, but at the last minute United had to get four employees to Louisville, so they asked 4 passengers to give up their seats for $400. When no one took them up on the offer they raised it to $800, but still no one bit.
- It is not known how they chose who would be asked to leave the plane, but they picked 4 people, three of which begrudgingly complied.
- The one guy who refused to be bumped from the plane screamed at a security officer who wrestled him out of his seat and dragged him down the aisle by his arms while his belly was exposed for the world to enjoy. He claimed to be a doctor who had patients to see in Louisville.
Charlie Hobart, a United spokesman, said in a telephone interview on Monday that “we had asked several times, politely. We had a customer who refused to leave the aircraft. We have a number of customers on board that aircraft, and they want to get to their destination on time and safely, and we want to work to get them there. Since that customer refused to leave the aircraft, we had to call” the police, and they came on board.”
- The four United employees who ended up taking the seats were berated by customers and told they should be ashamed.
- In a bizarre turn of events the guy who was dragged off suddenly reappeared, began running down the aisle yelling, “I have to home,” was bleeding from his face, and ended up collapsing in a seat before being taken off the plane in a stretcher.
- The cops involved have been placed on leave.
- In one of the biggest bullshit non-apologies ever, United CEO Oscar Munoz apologized for having to “re-accommodate” the passenger: “Our team is moving with a sense of urgency to work with the authorities and conduct our own detailed review of what happened. We are also reaching out to this passenger to talk directly to him and further address and resolve this situation.”
Watch the videos:
— Jayse D. Anspach (@JayseDavid) April 10, 2017
— Tyler Bridges (@Tyler_Bridges) April 9, 2017
— Tyler Bridges (@Tyler_Bridges) April 10, 2017
United CEO response to United Express Flight 3411. pic.twitter.com/rF5gNIvVd0
— United (@united) April 10, 2017
This lady is all of America:
This dude got dragged around the plane like a Main South hooker before being thrown in Crystal Park pond.
Normally when something like this goes viral, especially against an airline, we usually end up siding with the airline. Nothing worse than an asshole who makes a scene on a plane. Plus, a week or two ago everyone was going after United because some twitter SJW activist said that they weren’t letting girls on a plane with leggings, but forgot to point out that they were using tickets for employees and that required a specific dress code.
But in this case there’s just no way to side with the airline. Everyone’s talking about it, but only a few brave souls have attempted to defend United. They sounded extremely dumb.
First of all, this guy is a Goddamn American hero. It’s about time someone took a stand against this bullshit. He was passive and non-violent. Had he not done what he did the public would never know that this is a thing airlines do.
Secondly, it’s complete bullshit that United is saying they “asked” him to leave. When you ask someone a yes or no question, no is an acceptable answer. If you only accept yes, then it’s not really a question. It’s a demand.
Thirdly, a lot of people are shitting on the cops for this. It’s not their fault. They were doing the job they were trained to do.
Fourthly, the practice of overbooking flights is bullshit to begin with and should be outlawed. You’re a billion dollar company and your executives are making cash money. You can afford to have a seat go unfilled from time to time.
But the problem is that airlines have you by the balls. When you buy a ticket you are signing away basically all your rights. A bitchy flight attendant can get you sent to jail if she doesn’t like the way you talked back to her. What are you gonna do? Drive? They can do whatever they want and you’ll just have to sit there and like it. No one is forcing you to fly.
My question is, where the hell is this lady when you need her?
Hey Granny Warren, I thought you were going to protect consumers? Wasn’t that your big thing? Consumer protection from “big oil” and “big banks.” What about consumer protection from “big airlines?” Doesn’t get much bigger than United. I don’t give a shit about student loans or big oil. Neither affects me. Not my problem. But flying on planes is something most of us will have to do at some point. This affects everyone. Maybe you should do something about this instead of whining about equal pay (oops you actually pay your female staffers less than males) or bragging about how you’re “resisting” Trump (despite the fact that all of his cabinet nominees went through and his SCOTUS appointee as well).
With that said, this is the biggest PR disaster we’ve ever seen. For starters, they made paying customers give up seats to their employees because THEY fucked up. Imagine any other business doing this to a paying customer. Hungry guy goes to get a sandwich. Buys it. About to take bite. Manager tells him he needs it back because one of his employees is hungry. Guy says no. Manager hires cops to kick his ass. Owner takes to social media to defend owner while passively blaming paying and now injured and still hungry customer.
All of this could’ve been avoided so easily. I’m happy that United will lose millions and millions of dollars for this, because they’re such a cheap and shitty airline to begin with. But instead of losing millions they could’ve just upped the ante. Every person on that plane had their price. If $800 wasn’t enough then try $1,500, or $2,000. Eventually someone would bite. Hell, let’s say it cost them $5,000 to bribe these chiselers to switch flights. That’s a $20,000 hit, as opposed to losing millions. The fact that they couldn’t see this coming is hilarious. So is the reaction from the Twittersphere:
You can take the $800 for another flight, or risk it all for our big surprise…
— Pope James Collins I (@allhailcollins1) April 11, 2017
We'll drag you all over the world
— rdu3 (@rdu3_richard) April 11, 2017
— Jim MacD (@jim_macd) April 11, 2017
If we cant seat you, we will beat you #NewUnitedAirlinesMottos
— Mohit Singhai (@singhaim) April 11, 2017
#NewUnitedAirlinesMottos We have an offer you can't refuse. No really.
— OldCrow (@BirdieWings80) April 11, 2017
"We have Red Eye and Black Eye flights available!" #NewUnitedAirlinesMottos
— LAMusing (@LAMusing) April 11, 2017
We put the hospital in hospitality. #newunitedairlinesmottos
— David E (@DaSkrambledEgg) April 11, 2017
Or here’s an idea – buy your employees a ticket on another airline. You’re in O’Hare Airport. It’s basically a state. You can find a small jet to send them on a plane to Louisville. And if you can’t, well, that’s your problem, not the customer’s. Once again, you’d have to suck up your pride to give a competitor money to fly your employees, but at the end of the day it’s more cost effective than dragging a doctor off a plane.
The worst part is that they made paying customers give up their seats to employees. Did they not realize how bad that would look? The guy is a doctor. He had patients to see in Louisville. The United employees also had to get to work, but they did not purchase a ticket ahead of time. By doing what they did the airline was basically saying that the work their employees needed to get to was much more important than the doctor who was flying to Louisville to treat patients.
And seriously, they couldn’t find someone else to do this to? The guy was there with his wife. Who splits up a married couple like that? They could’ve found some unemployed ratchet to kick off. But instead they picked the doctor. It’s like they were trying to bone themselves. Part of me wishes he wasn’t a doctor. I was so hoping it was an instinctive lie he came up with in the clutch. I would’ve respected the shit out of him for it. But alas he is a real doctor named David Dao. And he has children who are doctors, and five grandchildren who will probably become doctors.
They literally picked the worst guy to kick off the plane.
P.S. It’s since been revealed that Dr. Dao was convicted of arranging to give an employee prescription drugs in exchange for sexual acts in 2003. Cool story bro. Doesn’t change a thing. He was given due process and served his punishment. He had his license to practice medicine in Kentucky where he was flying to with the ticket he purchased. They asked him to get off the plane, he said no, and they kicked his ass. End of story. Nothing about his past matters.
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