Passenger Takes Revenge on Woman Who Let Her Dog Poop in the Terminal (and Didn’t Pick it Up)

A passenger revenge story from a Delta Diamond medallion flying from Los Angeles to Tokyo yesterday is making the rounds.

Comedian and sports columnist Steve Hofstetter was flying business class on Delta flight 7. On the way to his gate he passed a woman whose doing was “doing its business” on the concourse.

Another passenger tried to get her attention to point it out since she was busy Facetiming.

“Excuse me, miss?” he said, in a polite tone. The woman glared at him. “Your dog,” he sheepishly continued, pointing to the mid-poop pup.

The woman rolled her eyes and went back to face time as the man slinked away, seemingly embarrassed.

“Some people,” she bellowed to her face-time companion with no hint of irony, “are just so damned rude.”

When her dog finished, the woman started walking away, leaving everything right on the airport floor.

Another woman tried to stop her.

“You’re not going to clean that up?” she asked, as shocked as the rest of us were.

“They have people for that,” the offender replied

Perhaps she misunderstood what Qatar Airways CEO Akbar al Baker meant when he said Delta flies “crap airplanes”.

Hofstetter saw the woman again at the Tokyo gate, where her dog was barking at each passenger who went by. So he decided to mess with her, sat down beside her and asked “Are you going to London on business?”

“I’m going to Tokyo,” she responded gruffly, annoyed that I interrupted her DJing.

“Oh, I said. Then you better hurry. That flight got moved to gate 53C. This is the flight to London.”

She ran off. He feels she should have thanked him, because she thought he was being helpful. There is no gate 53C. He doesn’t know whether she made it back for the flight or not, but he didn’t hear the dog onboard.

So… is the story true?

It’s his version of events, he was clearly there, and it’s possible.

(HT: Free in Freedom)

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  1. Well, I’m on today’s flight, gate is always at end of concourse, we leave in about an hour and there is a poodle w a service vest here so entirely possible

  2. If I had witnessed this, I would have done more than just pull a prank: I would have “returned” the “forgotten property” to its rightful owner. It takes a village!

  3. I’m with Mike. I have a dog, and always carry dog wastebags whenever I go with the pup, including when I bring her to the office. It’s both good etiquette, and good personal responsibility.

  4. Great story. The elitist “they have people for that” lady sounds just like some I know who are still out of their minds after their Nov 8th drubbing 😉

  5. In FRA terminal last year, I saw a dog on a leash piss on every post while the owner stood by. Thus the origin of the term you’re-a-peein.

  6. @Mike Feldman @Ken — you are advocating illegal acts.

    @Bob — correct. But what people often forget is that good etiquette involves not pointing out others’ breach of etiquette. The man in the original story WAS rude and should have minded his own business.

  7. @Jason – Screw etiquette if it says you should just ignore all bad behavior.

    So it was bad etiquette for you point out the man in the story’s bad etiquette?

  8. @Carl P — no because we are third party discussants detached from the situation.

    According to Emily Post, etiquette exists to make people comfortable. The man in the story attempted to guilt trip the woman. If he wanted to make people comfortable he should have taken it upon himself to clean up the dog poo.

  9. “good etiquette involves not pointing out others’ breach of etiquette. ”
    “etiquette exists to make people comfortable”
    If this guy is not 13 yrs old, I am looking at the reason for the collapse of morality in usa. No wonder, no wonder.

  10. @Jason – I guess I just don’t want her to feel comfortable with her behavior. So, again, screw etiquette. I guess we just wait until she has an epiphany that she can’t let her dog just crap anywhere. Obviously she doesn’t care about anybody elses comfort.

  11. @cmk — those are paraphrases of Emily Post. You should consider reading her classic, authoritative text on the matter of etiquette. I am a 25 year old PhD student at a top US research university, by the way.

    @Chris — you know this because you were there and took the pulse of everybody’s comfort, correct?

    @Carl P — obviously leaving dog poop out in public is inappropriate behavior, but it is really none of anybody else’s business.

  12. Sometime last year DFW-AUS. Woman gets in board with assistance dog (most likely fake), there was definitely something not right. The dog was squirming to get out of the plane. The mystery was revealed once we landed and out on the terminal floor. Yep, the woman looked and made an expression of displeasure and walked away. I was on a conf. call or else I would have asked her to pick it up. And no one else did as well.

  13. Gives all dog owners a bad name. My dog has had accidents before, but I always make an effort to clean it up. This is terrible.

  14. “@Carl P — obviously leaving dog poop out in public is inappropriate behavior, but it is really none of anybody else’s business.”
    Hey, “25 year old PhD student” clueless moron, shit stinks. That makes it everyone’s business. You’re a troll, and a bad one at that. You have some growing up to do.

  15. @Jason

    You violated Post’s etiquette code by attempting to curry favor and impress readers by mentioning your PhD-in-progress.

    Do better.

  16. @jason – it is anyone’s business who would be in that terminal and could see, smell, hear, or possibly step in the dog poo. It’s the business of any parent present there with young child that could potential come across this pile of filth and potentialIy touch it. It’s also the business of any facility employee in the terminal as they are required to deal with it. Inappropriate behavior in public that can affect anyone else, is everyone’s business.

  17. @Geoff — how is your advice trustworthy when you preface it with a juvenile insult? Moreover, if I’m a clueless moron, how did my research paper receive acceptance 2 days ago to a peer-reviewed medical journal with a high impact factor?

    @SPC — This is an anonymous comment board; there is nobody to impress. I presented factual demographic information to rebut suggestions I am immature, amoral, uncouth, or uncultured.

    @marc — okay, let’s agree that the dog poo is a nuisance to everybody. The most productive course of action would be to expeditiously remove said nuisance. Berating someone who refuses to pick it up achieves nothing other than virtue signaling. A more useful line of action, should one care so much, is to call over a janitor.

  18. Ive also seen a per owner leave a pile of poop behind at the ATL airport. It was on the plane train level in between terminals, no shame what so ever, just walked away from it.

  19. If dogs tasted like chicken and chickens had personality would people have companion chickens and eat fried dog?

  20. @Jason,

    no bonus points for revealing your academic background. we need janitors with common sense and discipline more so than a Phd with ideology & no real life experience. pls step out of your comfortable zone and see how the world interacts.

    btw, I have a strong feeling how you voted the Nov election.

  21. @Jason is the typical academia type that thinks they had figured out how the society should work together. we’ve seen them for the past 8 yrs. i am sure I know who he voted last Nov.

    we need a janitor with a whole lot of common sense and real world work experience than a medical school graduate with a ton of ideology and peer reviews.

    listing his “achievements” only exposed the shallow and disconnected the young have been educated to become.

  22. Lol Jason you are a moron.

    As for your pathwtic attempts at showing off…. thousands of people get crap accepted into peer reviewed medical journals everyday. But please, don’t let that fact stop the self fellatio

  23. “I am a 25 year old PhD student at a top US research university, by the way.”

    As the famous Russian saying goes, PhD is not a degree, it’s a diagnosis.

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