The gentleman at left is, of course, Steven Slater, the newly-famous JetBlue flight attendant whose meltdown yesterday has somehow captured worldwide media attention.
If, by chance, you've missed the story of Mr. Slater's extended, obnoxious temper tantrum, you can catch up with "People" magazine's take here, or the ABC News version here, or even this one.
How is it, exactly, the Great Places blogmaster inquires, that a punk like Steven Slater has, overnight, become a media sensation--a hero, apparently, to some?
This guy managed to get into an altercation with a JetBlue passenger who (like many of us, let's admit it!) had jumped the gun to retrieve his luggage from the overhead compartment, striking Mr. Slater, who immediately got into a spirited exchange with the unfortunate early bird, then moved onto a blistering profanity-ladened tirade on the plane's microphone, followed closely by cadging a beer from the service area, then deployed the emergency exit, slid out of the plane, fled to his car, and finally sped home to the loving arms of his boyfriend, only to be arrested and charged with various misdemeanors.
Heroic? Exactly how?
Note: Here's another favorable post and one more.