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They learned how to be good government employees REAL FAST, didn't they? Have any other Freeper flyers noticed such "tip jars" around airport security checkpoints?
(Note I'm not the author of this. Simply the messenger.)
posted on 02/22/2002 8:38:59 PM PST
How do you spell tips? B-R-I-B-E-S
Welcome to Mexico. Grease my palm and the doors will open Amigo. That's the way a lot of things work in third world nations. Isn't it great to watch as your nation is turned into one.
To: Donut Watch
What's next? A tip jar at police roadblock checkpoints? Donate, or we will "find" you to be DUI? (Or, we will "find" a joint in your car?)
posted on 02/22/2002 8:51:38 PM PST
This guy should send a copy of this article to Norman Mineta, to John Ashcroft and to Tom Ridge, and ask them what the hell they think they are playing at.
Aren't there statutes or regulations forbidding federal employees from accepting gratuities in any form? If things happened as described here, and if the National Guard guy is a cooperative witness, I think both a lawsuit and criminal charges against the crook with the cookie jar might be in order.
posted on 02/22/2002 10:26:46 PM PST
I don't want to disagree with the thrust of the article. However, when I flew last Thanksgiving, I was not allowed to board United from Seattle to Denver because I had an e-ticket. I had to go to the United counter and get paper tickets, which they issued, they go back and get into the security line again.
posted on 02/23/2002 12:10:42 AM PST
Doesn;t it feel good now that we have all this "improved" airport security because da gub'mint is in charge? Remember, now that the security people are gub'mint employees, there isn't a (bleep)ing thing we can do about them if they get out of line. Scary, huh?
Too bad he didn't have a camera to take a photo to post here, send to Mineta, and Fox News.
My wife had a similar experience at ORD in early January.
After her flight was canceled, she was re-booked on US Scareways and arrived at the gate minutes before departure. She was subjected to a gate security screening. While the screener conducting the wanding and pat-down -- making sure my wife was faciing away from her belongings, another "security" agent removed their "tip" from her purse. When she arrived at CLT and went to purchase something to drink, she discovered all her cash was gone.
The airline took a report and told her to contact the firm they pay for security, Globe. It is all but impossible to call them.
Our experience has been that airlines are very complacent toward their contract carriers and other contracted services. Especially when it comes to sheeple service, they simply could care less.
Never turn your back on a security screener!
I'm not disputing this guy's experience, but just this week I did fly round trip from JFK to San Juan and back on American with an e-ticket and had zero problems and certainly saw no "tips are appreciated" sign. Sounds very strange to me.
posted on 02/23/2002 5:00:55 AM PST
This reminds me of a time I went to the Caribbean.
I stayed in a beautiful Resort and drinking in all the warmth and sun when I noticed that there were cops literally everywhere armed with riot guns.
Since weapons are a good thing in my view, I was pleased at this. The more guns the better.
This one cop catches me on the end of the beach and (accidentally) points at me with his shotgun and says "peso"
I had a couple of beers and honestly couldn't care less so I just ignored him, but the thought of people in power asking for a tip just struck me as an abuse that shouldn't be tolerated.
It's not the asking so much.. I mean everyone there was panhandling practically it's the thought that that person might use their position to squash dissent or compel a contribution that's chilling. I mean, imagine being stopped for speeding and the cops asks you for a tip?
That's the perception and this screener should be fired immediately.
Should Be.. but since we "Federalized" (read unionized) them I bet there is no way to remove this person.
posted on 02/23/2002 5:05:29 AM PST
Sounds like they've gone from the "security" business into the "protection" business.
posted on 02/23/2002 7:20:46 AM PST
posted on 02/23/2002 1:33:31 PM PST
Given the Federal jurisdiction that has been forced upon us in the name of airport "suckurity," I believe that you would do well to bring this to the attention of the FBI and the U.S. Attorney for prosecution as a felony. One should always secure witnesses to such events, and offer to serve as such for some other poor citizen in similar straits.<p. Once things are on the public record (i.e., on the court docket), you should drop a civil court summons on the perp when he/she/it shows up for trial. Nothing like a civil action to raise the consciousness of a scumbag long-term -- whether you win or not...
posted on 02/26/2002 3:01:17 PM PST
If I see a security person getting or asking for tips I will shut that airport down with my screaming about it. No SOB should sell our safety for tips.
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