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Monday, August 15, 2005

We Be Deep-Fried Thin Skins

I cannot believe this. Michelle Malkin wrote a column about a lawsuit against Southwest Airlines. Two black sisters (not "sistahs," they're actually related) are suing Southwest because the flight attendant said "eenie, meenie, miney moe, pick a seat, we gotta go."

So if you're sane, you'r probably asking why these sistERs are suing.

The humor-challenged siblings preposterously allege that Cundiff was making a discriminatory reference to their race because there is an obscure adaption of the children's counting rhyme that replaces the word "tiger" with the n-word in the verse that ends "Catch a tiger by the toe." Cundiff, 22, says she had never heard of the offensive version. (Neither had I, nor, I imagine, have most people in Cundiff's generation or mine.)

OH MY GOSH how stupid are these people?! They seriously need to lighten up and quit trying so hard to be a victim. I hope once they lose this case they have to pay the airline's legal bills. On the other hand, they're probably too poor anyway- why else would they be suing?

The more disappointing part of the story is that a judge actually let this go to trial. He actually thought the facts of the case warranted a trial. So who appointed this giant among idiots?

The grandest insult, of course, is that a federal judge allowed this litigious farce to proceed. U.S. District Judge Kathryn H. Vratil, appointed by President Bush I, has set trial for March 4. Cundiff and Southwest, which is commendably standing by her, are entangled in costly litigation over a word she never said and a slight she never intended. Yet, Judge Vratil is permitting Sawyer and Fuller to seek unspecified compensatory and punitive damages for dubious "physical and emotional distress" (including Fuller's "unexplained memory gaps" about the flight). They are also demanding employee sensitivity training.

Unbelievable. I guess this is proof that everyone makes mistakes. Kudos to Southwest for standing up to this. If I were in charge, I'd seriously consider going into bankruptcy to defend this attendant. If you don't like how a company operates, especially in the realm of airlines, then show your offense to them by not patronizing them anymore.