When Is My Jet Blue Moment?

Posted on | August 30, 2010 | 3 Comments

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I’m sure y’all have heard about the Jet Blue flight attendant who went buck-nutty after having an altercation with a passenger who couldn’t follow the rules.

Long story short: I think this is hilarious. And he is my personal hero.

The back story goes that he has been caring for his dying mother. It’s amazing what it takes to throw someone over the edge. But to quit like that? Priceless.

To do your job every day and truly love what you do for years and years is one thing. But then you just get down to it and realize that some people are really just ass holes and don’t deserve your smile and kindness. To Steven Slater, I applaud you.

I’ve only been a Paralegal for 7 years now. In that time I’ve had some whoppers. I’m the kind of person who will be kind and courteous to those who deserve it, but when I’m listening my Paralegals say that there is a client of the phone with the key words of, “needy,” “demanding,” and  “difficult,” I cringe. I have a really, hard time dealing with people like that.

I’ll give an example:

I had a client who was clearly used to having their ass kissed. After she asked me to run to the store to pick up a particular brand of juice that she just had to have while waiting for the attorney in the conference room , I had it. Previous to this, I spent 10 minutes getting her coffee, and going over everything in her file with her to make sure “We got it right.” All this without a single please or thank you and full of demanding requests.  I took one of my business cards and handed it to her.

I said, “What does this say?”

“Um, Certified Paralegal?”

“OK, so where on it does it say slave?”

She looked at me and blinked. That was the end of that. She treated me with a bit more respect after that. I can only imagine what she told my boss.

So I decided that when my time comes to go completely nuts over someone, I plan on grabbing the nearest stack of post-its and running away. Just you wait.

(And why post-its, you ask? Imagine if I took something valuable? I’d have the damn SWAT team knocking down my door, too. I mean, c’mon, the guy grabbed two beers and had helicopters and all of NYC police force banging down his door.)

So in short, this guy is my personal hero. Why is it that just because we do something for a living, we, too, can’t be human? Why do we have to sit and take it and take it, just because we’re the Paralegals?  Why do people believe that they are better than others? That they can treat another human being with such disrespect and rudeness?

With me, being a Senior Paralegal, people just assume that I’m a tank and can take it when they yell and scream and complain. I’ve been spit on,  yelled at, swore at, told “I’ll f****** kill you if you don’t give me my money back!,” and for what?!? Because the majority of the clients I work with are fantastic people who just hit hard times. I put up with those losers to get to the good ones. But one of these days…  Jet Blue Baby!

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