“Even if Elan wasn't responsible for some of the worst, most regressive tv programs, I would still think that he was the lesser of the two, completely lacking any self-awareness or decency. Diane might not have been the best person on the planet but for all we know she was just having a bad day. (We've all been there.) But Elan is a self-righteous pr*#k.”
doorlie on Nov 29, 2013 at 16:29:30
“I totally recognize that kind of character type traveller that Diane embodies. I don't believe it is at all a case of having a bad day. She may be full of _iss and vinegar at Elan, but next time she wants hissy up for no good reason, I bet her experience with Elan gives her pause. Maybe even cured her.
On a bus in LA a few years ago, a woman took a call on her cellphone, speaking at the top of her voice. I mean loud. I mean as if she didn't need a phone at all to help her hold her conversation. She kept it going for several blocks.
It was unbearable. She was at the back and I was close to the front of the bus, so I didn't want to yell at her to pipe down, because who knows which way that would go.
I took out my cell and pretended to make a call, and yelled into my phone even louder than her, while looking right at her. She went quiet and glared at me. I shrugged as if to say, "What else can I do, I have to compete with you?"
After a minute or so I ended my call and put the phone back in my pocket. Silence reigned in the bus. Other riders gave me a look of approval and relief, but no one said a word. I have to admit I struggled to keep a straight face until my stop.”
Logic Please on Nov 29, 2013 at 15:40:20
“Ah, so if you are a self-righteous pr*&k, you can just claim you are having a bad day, but if you dare respond to the elf-righteous pr*#k, you are the self-righteous pr*#k.
gardensla on Nov 29, 2013 at 15:35:13
“Elan is a classic "bear baiter" whose only happy poking until he gets a negative reaction. Diane was clearly stressed and he did nothing to help the situation. The fact that the flight attendants egged him on is reprehensible.”
“And had the customer not tipped, that would have been perfectly acceptable. (Well, maybe not *perfectly* but acceptable, albeit the bare minimum of acceptability.) But by writing that note, obviously, explicitly judging, that is as bad an example of preaching as there could be. I admire the server for not publicly outing the name of the customer.”
jrtcolumbus on Nov 14, 2013 at 17:26:30
“public disclosure of the name would be illegal,,, a crime. had the story been written , "after the customer continuously questioned her short hair and gay lifestyle and why she should repent and change her ways the customer refused to tip." however it appears the customer was continuously preached at about her lifestyle by the server, ergo the note.”
“Thank you for that. I have to admit, I'm not inclined to put corrections officers at the top of my Good List, but I know that, like anything else, there must be good ones and bad ones. Maybe if there were more like you the system wouldn't be so terrible and tragedies like this one might not happen as often as they do.”
“Believe me, I'm no prude, but this seems like a dumb idea that will result in bad art. Maybe I'm wrong, but it sounds like nothing more than a young man trying to be provocative and in desperate need of attention. But whatever, man, do as you like...”