Tuesday, June 28, 2011

New Zealand Air Travel - Service With A Smile (And Several Punches To The Head)


The Location: The Check-In Counter for Jetstar (Operated by Skycare)

The Players: In the blue corner, Radio DJ (shock-jock) Iain Stables and in the red corner, a much larger Check-In Staff Member, Patrick Joseph Ulberg

The Problem: Mr Stables turns up late for his flight and is not allowed to board the plane

What followed, can only be described as absolute mayhem. The absolutely dramatic CCTV footage has just been released as a part of the assault case against Mr Ulberg.

The video was played for the local court and shows Mr Stables sweeping bag labels off the counter and throwing a radio at Mr Ulberg. Next thing, Mr Ulberg comes out from behind the counter and starts swing haymaker punches.

Ulberg was found not guilty of assaulting Mr Stables - the court ruled that the check-in staff member acted in self-defence.

However, despite his injuries, Mr Stables might not be off the hook - he was charged at the time of the incident with "disorderly behaviour likely to cause violence."

Apparently, the incident was sparked when when Mr Stables turned up late for his Jetstar flight and when told he could not board the plane, was told in no uncertain terms, to "f*** off to Air New Zealand".

It was further alleged that Mr Stables then yelled a racial slur - calling Mr Ulberg a "black mother f****r", and then leaned over the check-in counter and punched him.

A witness testified that they had seen Mr Stables "mouthing off", throwing something and hurling a racist insult at the employee at the Jetstar desk, whereafter Ulberg retaliated by throwing punches to the head.

Mr Stables was treated for concussion, bruising and cuts.


Morgana said...

Two things that the Iain Stables should know:
"It is a foolish person that makes known his vexation in the [same] day..." and "Anyone holding back his sayings is possessed of knowledge, and a man of discernment is cool of spirit." So, be cool and walk away and live to fly another day.

orangefoamfinger said...

I have never been a fan of Stables, but for some reason this makes me feel sorry for him.