It began–as it always does–with a flight delay on the way to a magical land called Phoenix, Arizona one magical Thanksgiving morn. Brave Elan Gale, a producer at The Bachelor, sat patiently in the plane, awaiting movement. Alas, all was not well! Elan saw a woman in distress!
It seemed the middle-aged woman in seat 7-A had Thanksgiving plans with her family, and she wanted everyone to know what a gross inconvenience this unwarranted delay was for her. A flight attendant attempted to comfort her, letting the woman know that he was looking forward to seeing his family as well. Unfortunately, this was no comfort at all! She replied, “this isn’t about you!”
The woman explained that she was instrumental in the preparation of the Thanksgiving stuffing–her family needed her. Since this was obviously a distressing matter, Elan thought quickly–he sent her some wine, along with his sincere wishes that it would render her incapable of using her mouth as she drank it.
What followed was a hilarious exchange between the two, with talk of “dick eating” and a culmination in a slap to Elan’s face.
Elan shared his final thoughts on the matter:
Don’t dismiss them. Don’t act like they are less than you. Don’t abuse them just because you’re the customer and “The Customer Is Always Right.”
If you’re the customer, you’re only right if you’re kind, polite and positively thankful. If you’re not, you’re a jerk, and that’s the bottom line.
A lot of people have been really nice to me and called me a hero today. It’s really fun to hear but it’s not true.
Our troops are heroes. Fire fighters and policemen are heroes. Doctors and teachers are heroes. Flight attendants and pilots and waiters and baristas… These are the people that make things work in this crazy world.
What I did today was just point out something we all know: Be nice. It’s Thanksgiving. Be nice.
Be nice everyday, but if you see a man or a woman working on a holiday you better respect that they would like to be with their family too.
So have some compassion and have some appreciation.
Most people do. Most people are great. And then there are a bunch of Diane’s in the world.
And it’s OUR job to tell every Diane to shut up.
It’s OUR duty to put the Diane’s of the world in their place.
We need to REMIND them about the way of things.
We outnumber them.
So, I’m really glad we had fun today, but I really hope you guys join me, look a jerk in the eye, and tell them to eat a piece of your body, because really, that’s what the holidays are all about. [/box]
Thank you, Elan, for putting at one of the Dianes in the world in her place–and especially for sharing it with us!”