Monday, October 17, 2011

Today’s chuckle: do you know who you are?

The recent post about school board members who have to hire consultants to tell them ‘where the schools are today’ reminded me of the old joke about a senior executive business traveler.

In such situations, frequent travelers at the highest status level with a given airline expect special treatment, especially when checking in and boarding.  Matters are only worse when the traveler considers himself a ‘celebrity’ of some sort.

The story goes like this.  The traveler arrives at his gate at the airport, seeing a long line at the ticket counter, and with no special services position open.  He pushes his way up to the front of the counter and demands that he be given the service he expects.

The ticket agent tells him to get in line, and that he’ll be well taken care of when he waits his turn.  Infuriated, the traveler comes out with the classic ‘do you know who I am?’

‘No sir,’ the agent replies, and quickly grabs her public address mike.  ‘Attention please; we have a traveler at the podium who does not know who he is.  Would anyone who can help him figure out who he is please come to the podium?  Thank you.’

‘Hopefully sir, someone will come find you and tell who you are.’

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