Man Live Tweets Drama After Asking Seatmate On Plane To Move Her Feet
By Dave Basner
January 1, 2019
Of the many things people on planes do to annoy their seatmates, taking off their shoes and putting their feet up ranks pretty high. So when the woman next to Frederick Joseph on a United flight did just that, he was rightfully perturbed, but what happened next was pretty crazy... and he live tweeted the whole thing.
So flight staff walks by numerous times without saying anything, and I’m irate, because no black person would ever get away with this shit. So I start looking at the staff noting that there is an issue. You know, giving them the snitch eye... pic.twitter.com/953966yubs— Frederick Joseph (@FredTJoseph) March 13, 2018
So I’m like “I understand, which is why there is room for your feet and legs under the seat in front of you”— Frederick Joseph (@FredTJoseph) March 13, 2018
So she says “this is why I fly first class, and I don’t come back here with everyone else.”
So I’m like “that’s great, so are you going to put your feet down?” pic.twitter.com/u3ZAOsrnxB
This is where things went from disturbing to absurd:
So she calls over a flight attendant as soon as I say that!— Frederick Joseph (@FredTJoseph) March 13, 2018
She says to the flight attendant “this man is disrupting my flight, I’m just trying to be comfortable”
So I point at her feet and explain my stance.
The saga didn't end there - United followed up with Frederick but it didn't really resolve too much.
UPDATE: so @united called me this morning to tell me that the passenger didn’t receive any compensation.— Frederick Joseph (@FredTJoseph) March 14, 2018
So I told the United representative “I’m happy to hear that, but I still have an issue with the flight attendant pacifying her and essentially taking her side.” pic.twitter.com/ODLGcRpdv6
The rep says “well, our staff can’t tell someone what to do. But, again, I assure you, she didn’t receive money.”— Frederick Joseph (@FredTJoseph) March 14, 2018
So I say “that’s great, again. But by attempting to momentarily pacify her, the flight attendant created a negative situation for me and took her side.” pic.twitter.com/yJE0SUffYG
I continue “also, I find it hard to believe that if this was a person of color someone wouldn’t have asked her to put her feet down.”— Frederick Joseph (@FredTJoseph) March 14, 2018
She says “sir, I personally don’t believe it has anything to do with race or culture. As you can hear from my last name, I am a Hispanic person” pic.twitter.com/Z4Y9vkMjee
Basically, United had a woman w/ a Spanish sounding surname tell me there should be no issue because the woman ended up not getting money.— Frederick Joseph (@FredTJoseph) March 14, 2018
Oh, and racial bias didn’t matter here, because again a woman with Spanish sounding name at United says it didn’t.
Tone deaf. pic.twitter.com/TH9cT9FbjY
He's finding his own closure to the situation.
Can't we all just agree to keep our shoes on and our feet down for the entirety of the flights.
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