Having been a ramper for both AirTran and ASA, I have seen the flight attendants at both airlines dump coffee from the aircraft onto the ramp, and have also seen them dump ice water from the ice buckets, and even worse, throw trash bags onto the ramp from the aircraft. Is this unprofessional? In my opinion, no, it's just a way to speed up turnaround time; but to delay a flight just to dump a coffepot, yes, and if I was the captain of that flight, I would have talked with the f/a after the flight about the incident. Chewing gum in a position that involves public contact is a huge no-no, you are representing the company to the customers, the frontline personnel (flight crews, gate agents, ticketing agents) are essentially the face of the company, anybody that the general public sees doing their job is up for scrutiny by the customer, so when in public view, one must maintain a professional image. Why don't we bash the lav driver while we're at it folks? Does spilling the lav contents on the ramp make one unprofessional? No, it just makes you a pollutor. As for flight attendants hitting on pax, flight attendants are a little bit like servers (using the p.c. term) servers at a resturant. How often has the server at a resturant called you sweetie, or hon, or darling? Flirting is part serving the public, but taking it too far, is another area indeed.
P.S.: Critter592, loved the Itchy and Scratchy bit!