Two stories that really disturb me are the cop from Texas going full-nutter on a teen, and the stewardess who figured the Muslim woman passenger was gonna assault her with a Diet Coke.
In the first story, you’ve got a case of some kids having a private swim party. Apparently, some uninvited children climbed the fence to the pool, and a fight broke out. There appears to have been several calls to law enforcement from the invited and concerned party-goers.
On the video, the cops barked out orders, and the kids, for the most part, obeyed…..but the few that didn’t were unexpectedly greeted with foul language, brutal force, and a drawn weapon by one cop. Not exactly how to handle the entitlement generation, imo. (My experience is that kids these days do not listen to anyone in authority.)
Honestly, as one who must deal with teens on a daily basis, I find it best to just remove their treasured and hallowed (paid for by parents) cell phones (it’s amazing what can be accomplished under this cruel and unusual punishment.) I just felt that the cop was overboard. Is it society today? Je ne sais pas. I just know that teens seem to be really great at haggling, and it’s a far more civilized solution.
Now the other story is about this poor Muslim woman that just wanted an unopened Diet Coke on a flight. The stewardess told her no, as it could be used as a weapon, then proceeded to give the man next to her an unopened can of beer. This story just proves to me that diet drinks are far more dangerous than alcoholic ones.
Seriously, this is weird. Also some other passenger (whether jokingly or not) said that she was Muslim, and she would in fact use that Diet Coke as a weapon, and then proceeded to curse her out. This is a fallacy of course, as a Diet Coke is not the real thing.
The reality is that the situation could’ve been handled the way every flight attendant handles me: They pop my can. I don’t ask them to, they just do. Obviously, the stewardess hasn’t popped enough cans in her travels. She purposefully created a drama with her non-poppin ways, I think.
The most interesting thing to me about these two stories is that we are only hearing one side of the story with regard to these incidents via the media. Is this intentional?
UPDATE: Well, well, well! Mr. Kells read this and disagrees with me. He tells me that if a man has a badge and a gun, you must do as he says. He also says he gets his beer un-popped when he flies because flight attendants are either girls or gays. WTF? (Sometimes my husband truly challenges my patience….)
Is he right? Am I right? Or do we both lack the required evidence to make a sound judgement?