A Leettle Misunderstanding
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From: Peter Langston <psl>
Date: Tue, 18 Mar 97 15:38:38 -0800
Subject: A Leettle Misunderstanding
Forwarded-by: Jeannine Mosely <email@example.com>
Forwarded-by: firstname.lastname@example.org (Will Sadkin)
Mailed to me by a relative:
In a message dated 97-03-11 16:19:48 EST, email@example.com (ksf) writes:
I wonder if this is really true....
A USAir employee, who happened to have the last name of Gay, got on a
plane recently using one of his company's "Free Flight" programs. However,
when Mr. Gay tried to take his seat, he found it being occupied by a paying
passenger. So, not to make a fuss, he simply chose another seat nearby.
Unknown to Mr. Gay, another USAir flight at the airport experienced
mechanical problems. The passengers of this other flight were being rerouted
to various airplanes. A few were put on Mr. Gay's flight and anyone who was
holding a "free" ticket was being "bumped." Airline officials, armed with a
list of these "freebie" ticket holders boarded the plane to remove the free
ticket holders. Of course, our Mr. Gay was not sitting in his assigned seat
as you may remember.
So when the Ticket Agent approached the seat where Mr. Gay was supposed
to be sitting, she asked a startled customer "Are you Gay?" The man shyly
nodded that he was, at which point she demanded: "Then you have to get off
the plane." Our Mr. Gay, overhearing what the Ticket Agent had said, tried
to clear up the situation: "You've got the wrong man. I'm Gay!" This
caused an angry third passenger to yell "Hell, I'm gay too! They can't kick
us all off!" Confusion reigned as more and more passengers began yelling
that USAir had no right to remove gays from their flights.
© 1997 Peter Langston