This story was relayed to me by friend and blog reader Russell R. He figured I would appreciate this quick story from his recent checked bag experience at McCarran Airport in Las Vegas. I certainly did appreciate it, and figured some of you would as well (except for the part where he felt the need to check a bag).
He was flying Southwest and showed up outside the terminal to check a bag with a skycap. The one-sided conversation went something like this:
Skycap (with a big smile):
Good news! Your flight is on time.
Let me help you with your bags.
Wow! You guys are the second gate right past security so don’t worry about a long walk. You guys are having a great day!”
Russell replied, “You are probably the happiest skycap I have seen in a long, long time.”
Skycaps’ reply, which is absolutely priceless, “Well, I could be an ass, but United wasn’t hiring.”