**For you trivia buffs: Many UAL employees at Stapleton wore a UA pin on their uniforms. The other side of these pins had a Continental "Golden Tail" with a screw through it. UA and CO were, to put it lightly, extremely competitive back at old Stapleton when Continental had a hub in Denver.
That's because UA
played dirty pool when it came to competing with CO
employees routinely approached customers in the queue for the CO
ticket counter at DEN
, asking them to have the CO
agent endorse the ticket over and come fly UA
instead. They'd lure them with free drink coupons, upgrades, etc.
On more than one occasion, UA
's accounting department intentionally held off on billing CO
for several months' worth of CO
tickets they'd collected, hitting CO
with tens of millions of dollars due at one time, trying to deplete their cash on hand. (It's the same as if your water company hiked your rate without your knowledge and then hit you with ten months' worth of excess fees at one time).
"In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem - government IS the problem." - Ronald Reagan
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