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Old 04-04-2017, 06:59 AM
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Originally Posted by saxman66
I was getting Starbucks and the couple in front of me started chatting me up in the line. They get to the front and order and they insist on buying me whatever I want. Cool! So I take them up on it, and simply order a normal coffee worth about $3. I thank them profusely, and even ask if they happen to be on my flight so I could perhaps make sure they get taken care of. Of course they aren't, but oh well. I tried.

So here's the TOTD: I'm at the table putting cream into my coffee while a Starbucks employee is refilling napkins and such and he says to me, "You know bro. When someone does something nice for me, I usually reciprocate and do something nice for someone else. That's how society works dude." It took a second to process what he was saying. What?! I realized by his tone of voice he was basically calling me out and saying I was a big jerk. What was I suppose to do? Buy coffee for the next guy, and then he do the same? When does it end? Do the next 20 people in line have to do it now, meaning someone is going to be the jerk eventually. Am I the tool for not buying coffee now? I'll admit it didn't even cross my mind. (queue Curb Your Enthusiasm theme)
There are some weird social experiments where people will do this and I think the napkin guy thought it was happening - usually with the "experiments" the people are told what the next order is and are given the option to pay.

https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/..._winnipeg.html

In your case (well in any case) you did nothing wrong. I think these social pressure things are kind of silly. I have paid for probably hundreds of people's meals / coffees and tipped line boys generously in my life, but I did it because I wanted to and could, not because I was forced to or guilted into doing it, which kind of defeats the point. I wouldn't (couldn't) have done this when I was a student and in med school. I don't want a student or junior pilot paying for my coffee.

If the "next guy" just wanted something expensive for himself, then you would have suffered for this "generosity" which is not the point of generosity.

Just say thank you and move on, and be as generous as your circumstances allow in the future. You weren't the tool here.
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Old 04-04-2017, 08:21 AM
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That jackass in "Starsucks" was waaay out of line. Oh, and their coffee is crap! What a pretentious company.
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Old 04-04-2017, 06:13 PM
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Originally Posted by NeverHome
Define professional. I dont find anything in my company manual that dictates the usage of buttons on the blazer. So I guess that only leaves you. Are you the end all be all grand wizard when it comes to uniforms and professionalism?

Dont get me wrong, it may look better having it all buttoned up, but are we crossing a line of professionalism here?
The company manual doesn't tell you the zip your fly either. So I guess you got that going for you.😉
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Old 04-04-2017, 08:59 PM
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Originally Posted by LNL76
That jackass in "Starsucks" was waaay out of line. Oh, and their coffee is crap! What a pretentious company.
Yup. I like the idea of carrying around a french press and grounds. I'm a coffee addict and I'm amazed at people's love for Starbucks and Dunkin. People, it's crap.
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Old 04-04-2017, 09:34 PM
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Originally Posted by WHACKMASTER
Exactly, and if you need a little visual guidance take notice of an Emirates, Lufthansa, Korean Air, etc crew the next time one walks past you. One of the reasons they're respected far more in their respective countries than we are in ours is because they look and act the part.
Their flight attendants also have physical standards haha
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Old 04-05-2017, 04:32 AM
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Today's tool is another drunk pilot, lost and low on fuel.

SoCal Pilot Arrested On DUI Charge After Landing On Top Of Building CBS San Francisco

A part of me is impressed with that landing!
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Old 04-05-2017, 05:22 AM
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Yeah, but is he good enough to take off from there?


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Old 04-05-2017, 05:37 AM
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Originally Posted by Albief15
Correct answer:

"Dude...I know you probably didn't cover this in your "All men are pigs" or your "White Privilege is Wrong" 3 credit hour classes, and your mom probably doesn't have time to come down to the basement and explain it to you, but I am a pilot. I pick up USA Today from an airplane seat when someone else is done with it. I take soap home from the hotel room, and even the coffee filter packets. I'll stand in the rain for 20 minutes for a free airport shuttle to avoid paying a 4 dollar taxi ride to the hotel, and you expect me to buy someone a 6 dollar Latte?
Thanks guys. This will be my response. I literally cannot wait to go back to this 'bucks' and see if he remembers me. And I can't wait to NOT buy someone else coffee. Unless its for my crew, in which I will make sure he is not there to see it.
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Old 04-05-2017, 06:28 AM
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Originally Posted by thevagabond
Yup. I like the idea of carrying around a french press and grounds. I'm a coffee addict and I'm amazed at people's love for Starbucks and Dunkin. People, it's crap.
Isn't the major flaw here the use of plane water
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Old 04-05-2017, 07:13 AM
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Originally Posted by cardiomd
Today's tool is another drunk pilot, lost and low on fuel.

SoCal Pilot Arrested On DUI Charge After Landing On Top Of Building CBS San Francisco

A part of me is impressed with that landing!
Harrison Ford again ?😜
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