Look carefully at this face. Because it’s yours. This is the face of American consumers today. Only this time, it was caught on camera.
If you doubt America is run by corporations, at the EXPENSE of the people, I hope this video serves as your wake-up call.
There are almost too many things wrong with today’s United Airlines passenger removal controversy to mention. But let’s start here. A consumer buys something. The corporation knowingly, oversells so it can’t fulfill it’s end of the bargain. The two sides have an argument.
Then the corporation gets to call POLICE, who forcibly drag the consumer away.
You already know that corporations have most of the cards in contract law. They can make you sign away your rights to sue. They force you into one-side contracts of adhnsion, and can change the terms at any time (you can’t). They charge made-up excessive fees and make you figure out how to get your money back (after staying on hold interminably).
But now, you know, when there’s a dispute, cops are basically an arm of the corporation. Law enforcement can literally come in a drag you away, merely because – in this case — the airline said so.
Just for a thought experiment, think about what would happen if that consumer called and asked that the pilot, or a flight attendant, be dragged off the plane for not keeping his or her side of the contract?
Don’t imagine this is a one-off, ladies and gentleman. We all know this is how things work. We’ve all been on overbooked airplanes when there was a shortage of volunteers and wondered what the end game would be? But…somewhere deep inside…you knew this was the end game. Someone could be forcibly removed from the airplane. Even if that threat isn’t spoken, it’s always implied. And, as a result, people are coerced into doing things they don’t want to do. Oh sure, the “volunteer” compensation is often raised a time or two, and that usually works. But in reality, the bargaining is tainted by this real threat.
Here’s another example of how this can play out, according to a many-miles flier I know.
“I’ve been in this situation before…no one would volunteer so they kept raising the value of the offer. They raised the offer to $1,000 and finally a couple of people agreed. Just before the people agreed the gate attendant, as he was getting angry, like he was speaking to a high school class, said that if people didn’t volunteer soon that they would empty the plane and let people back on one-by-one according to priority.”
There may very well be more to this United story. If there were mitigating factor – like the passenger was unruly — you’d think we’d know by now. United has said on Twitter: “Flight 3411 from Chicago to Louisville was overbooked. After our team looked for volunteers, one customer refused to leave the aircraft voluntarily and law enforcement was asked to come to the gate.”
This morning, CEO Oscar Munoz had a softer tone when he told CNBC: “This is an upsetting event to all of us here at United.” On the other hand, the airline’s former CEO called the passenger “immature.” Pick which one you believe is the airline’s real attitude.
No matter. You just saw, with your own eyes, a man who paid for a seat on a plane get dragged out on his behind as others watched on. Powerless.
America: Of the corporations, by the corporations, for the corporations.
Citizens: It’s time to put down the cell phones, stop taking the videos, and do something. We don’t live in a police state; we live in a corportist state.
And, in case you were wondering, United stock was up 1 percent in mid-day trading on Monday.
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— Jayse D. Anspach (@JayseDavid) April 10, 2017