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Is This BA Story A Truth Or A Myth?

Fri May 18, 2007 7:01 pm

A few weeks ago I recieved an email about BA's excellent attiude.
It went like this

This scene took place on a BA flight between Johannesburg, South Africa and London, England.
A white woman, about 50 years old, was seated next to a black man. Obviously disturbed by this, she called the air hostess.
"You obviously do not see it then?" she responded.
"You placed me next to a black man. I do not agree to sit next to someone from such a repugnant group. Give me an alternative seat."
"Be calm please," the hostess replied.
"Almost all the places on this flight are taken. I will go to see if another place is available."

The hostess went away and then came back a few minutes later.
"Madam, just as I thought, there are no other available seats in the Economy Class. I spoke to the captain and he informed me that there is also no seats in the Business Class. All the same, we still have one place in the First Class."
Before the woman could say anything, the hostess continued. "It is not usual for our company to permit someone from the Economy Class to sit in the First Class. However, given the circumstances, the captain feels that it would be scandalous to make someone sit next to someone sooooo disgusting."
She turned to the black guy, and said, "Therefore, Sir, if you would like to please collect your hand luggage, a seat awaits you in First Class."

At that moment, the other passengers, who'd been shocked by what they had just witnessed, stood up and applauded.
This is a true story.


Is this a true story or just a promotion for BA

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Fri May 18, 2007 7:05 pm

Heheh pure class, I hope any airline would do that under the same situation.
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Fri May 18, 2007 7:06 pm

True story.  Smile And well done for the stewardess!
 
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Fri May 18, 2007 7:13 pm

Quoting AlanUK (Reply 2):

...and your source is?

This has been around for many years with various US and European airlines taking the starring role.
 
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Fri May 18, 2007 7:14 pm

Well I was just able to find the story on this website so as to make it more credible.... Then again I wonder if its true !


http://my.opera.com/adamsofineti/blog/show.dml/219679

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Fri May 18, 2007 7:21 pm

Even if it's not true, the greater message in the story is what the story itself is all about.
Good all the same, even if a little bit predictable.

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Fri May 18, 2007 7:21 pm

What a load of Cr@p my sides are splitting HAHAHA
 
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Fri May 18, 2007 7:26 pm

Urban myth, all the way
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Fri May 18, 2007 7:32 pm

I was told a slight veriant on that story by a fellow BA staff member - and that was in 1992!

But I suspect there is an element of truth in it...
 
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Fri May 18, 2007 7:40 pm

Both passengers must have been shocked.  Wink

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Fri May 18, 2007 7:44 pm

Quoting Philb (Reply 3):
Quoting AlanUK (Reply 2):


...and your source is?

Source is first hand on a flight from South Africa. The white passenger didn't quite say the words quoted in the article, but discretely said to the my colleague that she didn't want to be seated next to a black "smelly" man, and she should be upgraded for the trauma!

The crew member proceeded to speak to the CSD and upgraded the black man, to the total shock of the white woman. Oh, and it was a Club World upgrade, not First...

This flight was in January 2005. Whilst I can't certify the story of this thread refers to this example, I can tell you my example a true story. I'm sure this kind of stories can be found all around the world, from all airlines!
 
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Fri May 18, 2007 7:47 pm

A case, then, of life following urban myth - and quite right too.
 
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Fri May 18, 2007 7:51 pm

Fantastic respond by the cabin crew member! Way to go!
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Fri May 18, 2007 8:02 pm

I'm not sure this is a true story but I can tell you one similar from a TWA LHR-JFK flight I was on in 1980 that was very similar. There was a group of South African men in economy. I was in "Ambassador Class." There was a black flight attendant serving economy. The South African men refused to be served by her, who, by the way, was not only beautiful but a charming young lady.

I heard a commotion in the back of the plane. The purser went to the rear and told the "gentlemen" that they were now in the "USA" as a result of being on board TWA (RIP) and their behavior was unacceptable. The purser had the flight attendant moved to first class so she wouldn't receive any further harassment. I'm not sure if the "gentlemen" ended up eating or not but it got loud back there.

I was proud to be American that day because the Ambassador and First Class cabins applauded the flight attendant when she came up. I couldn't believe what I witnessed. Oh, police met the 747 at JFK.
 
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Fri May 18, 2007 9:52 pm

Sorry AlanUK,
I am going with the urban myth on this one, I have been hearing this story almost word perfect except for the airline name periodically in emails or humour websites for at least as long as I have had internet access and that would be early 1993... perhaps even earlier on CompuServe

Perhaps similar things occour but this story as written has been around for many years....

A bit like the USN Aircraft carrier and the light house..

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Fri May 18, 2007 11:05 pm

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RE: Is This BA Story A Truth Or A Myth?

Fri May 18, 2007 11:09 pm

True or not, i completely support crew's response to the woman's behaviour.
Well done!!!

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Sat May 19, 2007 1:07 am

Or how about this one, possibly apocryphal, and certainly offensive, but kind of funny just the same.....

BA flight lands in Riyadh, and as the plane clears the runway, a flight attendant begins his welcome speech.

"Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Riyadh," he begins. "For the correct local time, please set your watch back three-hundred years."


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Sat May 19, 2007 1:32 am

Sounds like urban legend to me.

But I did have a similar experience, that happened to me and my wife (who at the time was my GF, this is 20+ years ago).

We were flying home from a holiday in the UK. I was travelling on points and she on a paid ticket. I could only get a seat in business class, she obviously paid for a cheapo ticket. This was on Air Canada, on a 747 Combi. Anyway, when boarding I politely asked the steward if it would at all be possible for my wife to upgrade to business, and if not, would he mind if I put my wife up in business and I took her seat in coach? It had worked on the outbound flight, and my wife was upgraded.

The steward was very brusque and busy and more or less brushed me off. Meanwhile, once off the ground, a very haughty & arrogant businessman from shall we say one of the Old World countries, came up and demanded that the steward upgrade him to business class immediately as it was beneath his station to sit in coach.

At which point the steward informed the gentleman that business class was full, then he came up to me and said, very politely: "sir, remind me again which seat your wife is occupying in coach?" I gave him her seat number, and he made a very splashy show of walking back to coach, asking my wife to retrieve her belongings, and walking her up to business class right under the nose of Mr. Special. Full indeed!

I have always held, that even in the most extenuating circumstances, treat cabin crew and gate attendants in the manner you would like to be treated. The result for me has often been a treat! I have had free upgrades, cockpit rides (back in the pre-9-11 days), during weather delays been bumped up past complainers on the standby list, etc. I remember one occasion when a potent line of thunderstorms through YYZ and Rapidair flights into chaos.

One very irate man was demanding that the airline fly immediately and that he have the first seat on the next flight. I was behind him in line while he berated the gate agent and the gate agent patiently explained that the backlog would be cleared on a first-come, first-served basis (or rather in the same order sequence as his original flight) as soon as aircraft became available. I intervened and said that there was no need to abuse the gate agent for the status of the weather, and that I myself was a pilot and that indeed the conditions were too dangerous to fly, so he should just be patient like the rest of us. Then when it was my turn I said smilingly and jokingly to the agent "I guess I'll be here for a while, just let me know my standby number and I'll go grab a bite to eat", and the reply was "you're confirmed on the next flight out, sir, should be leaving momentarily we're just resuming ops".

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Sat May 19, 2007 1:47 am

FAs understand people more than we realize.

I was an enlisted man in the Navy in the 60s (and low on even that scale - just a 3 stripe seaman at the time) when I got a standby seat on a flight home for leave. After sitting down a Naval officer came and (clearly unhappy) sat down next to me. When I smiled and said "good afternoon, Sir" he wouldn't even speak - just a nod of his head. I had dreams of keeping the SOB miserable the entire flight when the FA came to me and said "the passenger whose seat you filled has arrived - would YOU mind moving to First?" No hesitation on my part, but I did smile at the SOB and told him to have a nice flight.

No doubt in my mind that the FA saw the situation I was in and took as much pleasure in moving me up as I did in the upgrade.
 
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Sat May 19, 2007 1:48 am

Have a heard a few airlines mentioned like this, BA, Air New Zealand and SAA used. It's a bit like the story where someone asks the airline staff 'do you know who I am?', followed by the response 'we have a gentleman who does not know who he is!'
 
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Sat May 19, 2007 2:02 am

Quoting AlanUK (Reply 10):
The white passenger didn't quite say the words quoted in the article, but discretely said to the my colleague that she didn't want to be seated next to a black "smelly" man, and she should be upgraded for the trauma!

If the white person had just left out the "black." What a moron.

I would have wanted to change seats if someone beside me smelled.

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Sat May 19, 2007 2:13 am

It has been discussed a few times on the forum, but I thought it was on a SA flight... I don't know if this story is true but it has to be the best aviation story I've heard, hats off for the F/A and the captain !!!
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Sat May 19, 2007 2:57 am

Last summer on a DL flight from Sao Paulo to JFK, I witnessed a little bit of theatre similar to that described in the BA story at the start of the thread, although, without the racial overtones.

My fiancee and I had snagged a pair of overwing exit seats on the 763 and were settling in for the flight. I was watching a gentleman obviously pleased that he had a center row of three seats to himself adjusting the arm rests and trying to figure out how he could get comfortable lying down. The FA showed up with a young Brazilian woman to seat her in that row and the man sitting there started making a loud fuss, acting as though he was entitled to three seats just because they were empty when he sat down.

The FA took the young woman up to business or first, and everyone around us gave a little cheer.
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Sat May 19, 2007 3:14 am

I didn't see anyone post this URL. It's from Snopes.com which seems to have a good handle on urban legends. The article neither confirms or denies the accuracy of this story.

http://www.snopes.com/travel/airline/obnoxious.asp
 
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Sat May 19, 2007 3:14 am

I heard the story before, and if this is true, then my compliments to the crew for publically humiliating that racist woman.

EDIT: Typo

[Edited 2007-05-18 20:15:04]
 
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Sat May 19, 2007 3:26 am

I would have loved to see the womans jaw hit the floor. laughing  I bet the guy was shocked as well as pleased for getting an upgrade on such a long flight.
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Sat May 19, 2007 4:10 am

Now if only they could do that on Greyhound!!
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Sat May 19, 2007 4:50 am

I have a memory from the Fifties when I worked for British Eagle and we ran a transatlantic flight. We got bookings from the US and we had to ask the colour of the passenger and if it was Black then when we booked them through to South Africa on South African Airways they had to have a seat blocked next to them. Sometimes I understand that the cabin crew ( all white then) would not provide service. Amazing only 50 years ago
 
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Sat May 19, 2007 5:04 am

what a load of rubbish. pure urban myth that plays straight into the hands of insecure 1st world citizens that like to believe if you are white and south african, then you must be racist : a white from europe or the US could NEVER be racist - that only exists in deep dark africa! catch a wake up people - stop playing into stereotypes to appease your own conscience! this sort of stuff exists everywhere and happens everyday worldwide. stop isolating south african whites as the perpertrators of racism and just give them a break!!!! at least they are trying to make south africa a better place for all! instead of passing stupid comments - come to south africa and see for yourself what is going on and how the white south africans behave!
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Sat May 19, 2007 5:08 am

Quoting BeechNut (Reply 19):

I have always held, that even in the most extenuating circumstances, treat cabin crew and gate attendants in the manner you would like to be treated. The result for me has often been a treat!

Checking in at MAN last year for a flight to KUL on Qatar, the guy in front of me was bitching because there were no window seats left. He was really offensive - and when his hand-baggage was found to be 0.2kg overweight, he was sent to the back of the line to re-pack. Big grin

Naturally, the agent was not in a good mood. I walked up to the counter, grinned, and said, "I take it there's no window seats left, then?  Smile If you've got something on the aisle, that'd be lovely, otherwise just put me wherever you like."

Aisle seat, exit row, MAN-DOH *and* DOH-KUL. Plonk my hand baggage on the scale, 4.5kgs over! Eek. "Ooh, it's a - 'little' - over, don't buy too much in the duty-free, OK? Oh, and sir? Thank you, sir. Have a nice flight."

I did.
 
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Sat May 19, 2007 5:15 am

Just a comment that Pfletch1228 was not even born when the South African comment applies.
 
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Sat May 19, 2007 6:09 am

Wow a thread on this story hasn't come up for a few months now  Wink

Fact or fiction, its been done to death on this site.
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Sat May 19, 2007 6:15 am

Check this hilarious (Oscar winning) short movie. 10 mins, German with English subtitles. Kind of similar story.



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Sat May 19, 2007 6:25 am

Quoting Rdwootty (Reply 32):
Just a comment that Pfletch1228 was not even born when the South African comment applies.

Whatever fella, whatever  Wink how do you know when I was born or when this urban myth allegedly occured??
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Sat May 19, 2007 8:13 am

Probably true given atitudes in South Africa at the time. If it bothered the lady so much then she should have flown SAA.
 
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Sat May 19, 2007 10:24 am

This may not be that tall a tail. I know - I did the same thing once (as a gate agent). We had a full flight to DEN from EWR, and were soliciting for volunteers as the flight was oversold. There was one realy whiney, obnoxious woman that would not leave us alone and let us work the trip. We ended up not needing the volunteers, so told them all to go on board, and we were even able to assign the woman a seat - it was a center seat, but a seat just the same. (One of the volunteers was a traveler in first class, who could not have been nicer to us.)

When I pulled the jetway off the aircraft, I got a call on the radio saying to put it back up because we had a standee on board - that is, one passenger too many. I had a gut feeling it was this woman (it was!). While walking through first class, I stopped at the seat of the nice fellow who offered to volunteer, and asked him if he was still interested in giving up his seat; he replied yes, and I told him to get his belongings, and wait in the jetway. I then approached the woman, who was now yelling, demanding to be placed in the center seat - 12B - she had been assigned. I turned the the passenger sitting there, and, in my most diplomatic, but borderline loud voice, explained that there had been a glitch with our computer, and that the woman in the aisle was demanding to sit in the seat he was occupying. Not wanting to inconvenience her any further, I asked if he wouldn't mind taking the open seat in First Class, so that I could accomodate her request. He all but flew to his new seat, while she commented about how as an agent I know how to treat passengers - to which I replied, "when they're like you, I go out of my way".

So, based on my own experience, I'd have to say there is some truth to the BA story.  Wink
 
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Sat May 19, 2007 10:24 am

I have witnessed a situation somewhat in contrast to the basis of this story.

On a fairly full Emirates flight within asia, a caucasian gentleman who was sitting in a middle seat with asian passengers on either side was asked by a british or australian stewardess whether he will be more comfortable somewhere else. To his credit, the guy responded that he is happy where he is.
 
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Sat May 19, 2007 11:24 am

Quoting Pfletch1228 (Reply 35):
Whatever fella, whatever how do you know when I was born or when this urban myth allegedly occured??

Your profile gives a very approxmite dob (sometime between 1971 and 1981), and the story first dates back to around 1992
 
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Sat May 19, 2007 11:37 am

Quoting 1stfl94 (Reply 21):
Have a heard a few airlines mentioned like this, BA, Air New Zealand and SAA used. It's a bit like the story where someone asks the airline staff 'do you know who I am?', followed by the response 'we have a gentleman who does not know who he is!'



Quoting Pfletch1228 (Reply 30):
what a load of rubbish. pure urban myth that plays straight into the hands of insecure 1st world citizens that like to believe if you are white and south african, then you must be racist : a white from europe or the US could NEVER be racist - that only exists in deep dark africa! catch a wake up people - stop playing into stereotypes to appease your own conscience! this sort of stuff exists everywhere and happens everyday worldwide. stop isolating south african whites as the perpertrators of racism and just give them a break!!!! at least they are trying to make south africa a better place for all! instead of passing stupid comments - come to south africa and see for yourself what is going on and how the white south africans behave!

I'm not sure which story you're refering to but I can guarantee you the story I recounted happened as I was sitting in Business Class and observed the entire thing. 1980s and a group of white South Africans objected to being served by a black flight attendant. As to the BA story I have no idea, but mine happened, TWA 803 LHR-JFK, 747. I sat in 14-3 I believe, middle aisle of a 2-2-2 Ambassador Class.
 
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Sat May 19, 2007 12:58 pm

Quoting Aviateur (Reply 18):

Ha ha ha thats funny but certainly grounds for immediate suspesion I would say.
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Sat May 19, 2007 4:40 pm

Quoting BeechNut (Reply 19):
I have always held, that even in the most extenuating circumstances, treat cabin crew and gate attendants in the manner you would like to be treated.

True! be nice to us and you will get whatever you want, do otherwise and you'll probably end up in Y class... .

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Sat May 19, 2007 5:23 pm

Quoting ZakHH (Reply 34):
Check this hilarious (Oscar winning) short movie. 10 mins, German with English subtitles. Kind of similar story.

That is a great clip!! Very funny.

I can completely understand that the story could really happen.
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Sat May 19, 2007 6:43 pm

Quoting Rdwootty (Reply 29):
I have a memory from the Fifties when I worked for British Eagle

Your memory is slipping - like me, you're getting a little long in the tooth!! British Eagle was formed on August 9 1963 when the name Cunard-Eagle was dropped, the Cunard controlling interest having been bought out by Harold Bamberg on 14 February 1963. Up until March 21 1960, when Cunard took a controlling interest, the airline was Eagle Airways, part of the Eagle Group of companies.

Quoting Pfletch1228 (Reply 30):
I have a memory from the Fifties when I worked for British Eagle

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Sat May 19, 2007 7:01 pm

Quoting Don (Reply 38):
I have witnessed a situation somewhat in contrast to the basis of this story.

On a fairly full Emirates flight within asia, a caucasian gentleman who was sitting in a middle seat with asian passengers on either side was asked by a british or australian stewardess whether he will be more comfortable somewhere else. To his credit, the guy responded that he is happy where he is.

I'm not surprised this kind of thing is very frequent not only on EK but in the UAE as well, with South Asians bearing the brunt of it. Once a close Indian friend of mine flying business class on EK to Europe, was shouted at and told to move to the economy line so that European passengers could check in first. Needless to say my friend kicked up a fuss got his ticket cancelled and flew KLM instead. To this day he doesn't fly EK if he can help it.

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Sat May 19, 2007 7:46 pm

Quoting Aviateur (Reply 18):
"Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Riyadh," he begins. "For the correct local time, please set your watch back three-hundred years."

There is an Australian version of this. Flying from PER via Uluru and Alice Springs over the border into Queensland headed for Mt Isa in the period just after JBP, captain comes on the mic (just as we cross the border) and says "Welcome to Queensland, please wind your watches back 20 years"
 
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Sun May 20, 2007 2:41 pm

Quoting ChiGB1973 (Reply 21):
I would have wanted to change seats if someone beside me smelled.

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I have asked a cabincrew member to change seats for that very reason (discretely so the passenger wouldn't be embarrased). I was seated next to a heavy (white, for those who care) gentleman who smelled of sweat, and not just a little. It was on a BA flight from LHR to HKG. The flight attendant understood my request but informed me that the flight was full. Too bad, but not her fault. I had an extra portion of alcohol with my meal and slept all the way to HKG. Problem solved.  Wink
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Tue May 22, 2007 4:55 am

Like StealthZ, I heard this one in the early 1990's, certainly BEFORE Mandela and the ANC gained power in 1994. Maybe around 1991/2.

I heard it internally within BA, supposedly about a BA flight, but if it was an urban myth then, I really cannot say.
 
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Tue May 22, 2007 5:46 am

Quoting Pfletch1228 (Reply 29):
pure urban myth that plays straight into the hands of insecure 1st world citizens that like to believe if you are white and south african, then you must be racist : a white from europe or the US could NEVER be racist - that only exists in deep dark africa! catch a wake up people - stop playing into stereotypes to appease your own conscience!

I'm with you on this, Pfletch1228. This story has been circulating in e-mail and such for years, and yet nobody (including snopes.com) can point to a source. That's pretty much the definition of an internet myth.

As for the content, no doubt such an event could happen - but the application of stereotypes is apparent in this fiction and the uncritical applause of so many posters above is disturbing.
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RE: Is This BA Story A Truth Or A Myth?

Tue May 22, 2007 9:18 am

Quoting TeamAmerica (Reply 48):
but the application of stereotypes is apparent in this fiction and the uncritical applause of so many posters above is disturbing.

Why disturbing? Whether it occurred or not, its great that so many believe that it could have happened, that decent behaviour is still possible in this world. Sure in many respects it is disturbing that people will believe anything they read but there is nothing wrong with believing that a great story like this could have happened  Smile