Traveling is exhausting. No one enjoys standing in airport lines and waiting for delayed flights. And when the person next to you is SO inconsiderate, it's hard to put your faith in karma. Sometimes you need to take matters into your own hands.
Hofstetter wrote, "While walking to my gate at LAX, I noticed a woman whose dog was in the middle of doing its business. The woman was loudly face-timing with her back to the dog, so I assumed she didn’t notice. That was likely the thought shared by the gentleman who tried to get her attention.
'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."
Thankfully, Hofstetter was quick to help out with the situation. "I stood near the pile and warned people to walk around it while someone else got a maintenance worker’s attention. No one said anything – we were so shocked that anyone could be that horrible."
Hofstetter noted that he's fine with people flying with dogs, and realizes that it's a privilege. "I have nothing against people flying with their dogs, I do it often. But it is a privilege I take seriously. My dog is well-trained and behaves better than most people. He certainly behaves better than that asshole."
But Hofstetter (not pictured) wasn't free of the woman yet. "When I got to my gate, the woman was there, too. Great – we were both going to Tokyo. When I travel abroad, I get embarrassed by other Americans doing things one hundred times less embarrassing than leaving animal feces on the floor of an airport. To make it worse, her dog was now barking at everyone who walked by."
But the woman was just getting started with her appalling behavior. "While her dog barked at the world, the woman had moved from face-timing with no headphones to listening to music with no headphones. I don’t like to throw around the word 'sociopath' but I don’t know how else I could explain just how selfish and terrible of a person she was. I’d bet her car was somewhere in long-term parking, parked across three spots with paint on the bumper from the child's bike she hit without leaving a note."
Hofstetter had had enough. The other people in line had had enough. And sometimes, you just let that little devilish idea take hold. "Everyone else tried to ignore her, sitting as far away from her as they could. I am not everyone else."
"I sat down right next to the horrible woman. 'Are you going to London on business?' I said.
’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.'
I figured I could give her a little moment of panic as payback for how terribly she was treating everyone. I didn’t predict what would happen next. She grabbed her bags and her dog in a huff, and stormed out of the gate without even checking. She was so self-involved, she didn’t notice that the monitor at our gate still said Tokyo and almost everyone at the gate was Japanese."
Hofstetter's plan may have worked a little better than he expected. "Based on her actions, she believed me that the fight [sic] had been moved, so she’s also an asshole for not thanking me. 'Some people,' I thought as I watched her rush away from the gate without stopping her, “are just so damned rude.”
The flight to Tokyo was at gate 69A, so the 53 gates were on the other side of the next terminal. And I felt guilty knowing she probably berated some poor clerk who had to explain to her that there was no gate 53C.
I don’t know if she made it back to this flight before we took off or not, but I didn’t see her board and I don’t hear her dog. Her missing her flight was not my original intention, but it would be a fine punishment for her being so rude to everyone and making a low-paid stranger clean feces off the floor. What makes me wonder if I went too far is the knowledge that Delta only has one flight to Tokyo each day. Whoops."