We haven't mentioned Steven Slater — who some are calling a modern-day folk hero — here on I Hate People yet, mostly because his story of walking — or sliding — off the job is such a high profile People Hater piece. For us, it's a little like being the drinker who doesn't indulge on St. Patrick's Day because it's really for amateurs. Slater's demonstration of how to say adios to a bad working situation is exactly what happens (and maybe what should happen) when you're "mad as hell and I'm not going to take it any more!", as shouted by Peter Finch's iconic character Howard Beale in the movie Network.
If you've only caught pieces of Slater's tale of whoa, here's Mahalo.com's video summation of the incident, wrapped up in a minute and 35 seconds...
As the story gains momentum and Slater is hailed as a kind of renegade-saint for his actions — there are already t-shirts for sale online that key off his exploits — it's clear a nerve has been touched in the psyche of the put-upon, public-serving Everyman (and Everywoman). The second half of this year is likely going to see a proliferation of those inspired by the flight attendant to unfilter their words and say what's on their mind just before flipping off those they serve and storming out.
Clearly, if you're interested in hanging onto your job in this still-sluggish economy, "going Slater" isn't the way to make your grievances known. For a guide to figuring out methods for airing your ill feelings regarding an on-the-job situation, take a meeting with your company's HR director.
If, on the other hand, you're up for going out in a blaze of glory, think it through so that you can maximize your satisfaction of having finally broken free, while minimizing collateral damage that might occur. Slater's exit almost qualifies as performance art. An announcement over the PA system. A flip of the bird to those in the cabin. A deployment of the emergency slide and away he went...but not before grabbing a couple of beers from the beverage cart. No one hurt. No property damaged. And a giant smile as he slid into 21st Century history.
And you might make sure you have your resume updated first.
— Marc Hershon
You may be caught in the middle, between sucking it up and blowing it out, when it comes to figuring out how to deal with the annoyance of your job. We'd like to suggest that you'll find both solace and solutions in the pages of I Hate People, our business book with attitude. You can order the hardback or, if a tantrum is imminent, download it immediately via iBooks or Kindle!