Roundup of the stupid people

I feel like I ought to start a blog carnival called “carnival of the stupids.” Instead, however, I’ll just post these three entertaining items:

  1. Spiros at Philosophers Anonymous (possibly my new favorite blog, both for the amusement value and the shared sense of doom) reports that some guy apparently called 911 to complain that Subway wasn’t making his sandwich properly. I’ve gotta quote this.

    Police say the 42-year-old man dialed 911 twice last week so he could have his sub made correctly. The second call was to complain that officers weren’t arriving fast enough.

    Subway workers told police Peterson became belligerent and yelled when they were fixing his order. They locked him out of the store after he left to call police.

    You know, there’s a certain admirable spirit to this. I mean, what do you do when someone refuses to behave properly (e.g., to make your sandwich properly)? For that matter, what do you do when some idiot bureaucrat refuses to process the paperwork, or when some jerk refuses to get out of the parking space? There are a lot of moods where I think we all get the secret urge to call in heavily-armed & thuggish reprobates (a set, a subset of which is the police) to make other people behave properly. So while Mr. “Officer! Officer! I didn’t get the spicy sauce!” is undoubtedly a moron, he deserves some cynical credit for actually trying to get the thugs in. (At least he didn’t react like this.)

  2. Follow-up on the $5.00 pillow story. This originally also came from Spiros, and, in response to my inquiry in the comments, he reports that the malefactor was, naturally, American Airlines. The people who run that company are real swine, I have to say.

    I have to tell my American Airlines story. Well, I have a lot of American Airlines stories, but this one is my favorite. Some years ago, I was in the D.C. area, and my mother was flying in for a brief visit. She had a connection from LA via one or the other airport in NYC, all legs on American Airlines. I was waiting for her at BWI. The last leg of the flight was delayed, and delayed, and delayed still more. I asked the gate agent at BWI was the problem was, and they claimed it was bad weather. She asked the gate agent in NY what the problem was, and they claimed it was some mechanical thing. (Gee, can we say “somebody’s lying?”)

    Eventually, they canceled the flight. Did they move the passengers onto another flight? Nope. Did they put them up in hotels until the next day? Nope.

    They put all the passengers on a bus. From New York to Baltimore.

    A bus.

    That, my friends, is American Airlines for you. Or, as I prefer to call them, American Bus Lines.

  3. There is, apparently, now a a whole blog devoted to recounting the tales of convicted criminals. It’s actually interesting — there are several protest arrests up there, including one hipster-looking war protester who aptly uses the forum to say what’s what — proving that not all hipsters are completely obnoxious. But, on the other hand, there are some real pieces of work there. (Per my general policy against adding insult to individual people’s injury, even the injury of people who say and do really stupid things, I won’t direct-link examples.)

    Best quote: “Basically, it’s called scamming, I scam people out of money, that’s my occupation.”


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