When Steven Slater went postal on flight 1052 I thought: “Wow, in today’s lousy job economy, this guy must really hate his job to pull a career ending stunt like this.” Almost immediately he became a folk hero to many, getting thousands of friends on his Facebook page.
Steven Slater became a metaphor for a frustrated workforce. This is completely understandable. In times of high unemployment employees are nervous about losing their job. They ain’t gonna get that raise they were promised. Might even get a pay cut. They are overworked, covering for those who were laid off. If they complain, they may be the next to go. The boss gives the lame “You’re lucky to have a job!” excuse.
When people lose control, they feel helpless and frustrated and desperate. And grumpy. These days a lot of people feel this way. The good news is that when the economy picks up all this goes away. Until then we’ll probably see more disgruntled Steven Slaters.