Answer someone stupid according to his foolishness,
that he may not become wise in his own eyes.
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"Sydney, Australia: A crowded Virgin flight was cancelled after Virgin's 767s had been withdrawn from service. A single check-in attendant was re-booking a long line of inconvenienced travellers. Suddenly an angry passenger pushed his way to the desk, slapped his ticket down on the counter and demands preferential treatment.Stroppy Passenger: I HAVE to be on this flight and it HAS TO BE FIRST CLASS.
Check-In: I'm sorry sir. I'll be happy to try to help you, but I've got to help these people first, and I'm sure we'll be able to work something out.
Stroppy Passenger: (loudly, so whole queue can hear) DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEA OF WHO I AM?
The check-in attendant's response was made using the public address microphone so that the whole terminal hears it.
Check-In: May I have your attention please, may I have your attention please. We have a passenger here at Gate 14 WHO DOES NOT KNOW WHO HE IS. If anyone can help him find his identity, please come to Gate 14.
The queuing passengers are now laughing.
Stroppy Passenger: F*** You!
Check-In: I'm sorry, sir, but you'll have to get in line for that too."
Someone my husband knows posted this story on FB. I suspect that this is one of those stories that circulate the net and quite probably not true. However, it did make me think that half of my problems with narcs are because of not knowing how to manage them. One of my goals this year is to learn more about how to manage situations in more effective ways.