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Monday, 2 April 2007

The going got tough and my ex colleague......

The senior crew in those days,like I said before gave us the newbies, a rough time. The treatment in a way, fortified and toughened us. But there were newbies who can't withstood the pressure and they went bonkers,one even committed suicide.
TQ joined the airline around the same time as me. We sort of got along well as new flight attendants. We did share hotel rooms and talked about lots of thinking concerning work as well as the good,the bad and ugly senior crew.
We shared the bad experiences we had.
TQ,from the start,I felt was not strong mentally. He was scared of many things.One of them was ghost and the other were the senior crew.
He was badly treated because he did not perform his job to the standard required by the seniors.He was also not sociable and didn't mixed around with the crew during the night stops.
In this line,one has to be street smart. For example, you must know how to please the chief and leading stewards as well as the senior girls. As a junior steward, it was expected of us to know the drinks and food our seniors consumed. We had to do our homework and find all these information even before we got to work under them.
Once we were rostered to fly with these seniors, we had to know their profiles. Asking them what they would like to drink would have been unsatisfactory. We should know and prepared their drinks when the aeroplane was on ground eg. coffee with or without milk with so many cubes of sugar. If we didn't do our homework and worst still if we forgot to serve them before anybody,we would have a miserable time on the flight. We would be "zapped" and given bad reports.
TQ might have failed in these areas and as a result the seniors ganged up together and treated him badly.
Subsequently, TQ had a mental breakdown and was sacked.
TQ was in IMH (Known then as Woodbridge Mental Hospital) for a while.
After his discharged, when some of us visited him at his house, he showed us something that was horrifying. He took his goldfish out of the tank and called each one of them by the name of the senior crew, who had treated badly and sliced them to death. He even mentioned Mr. P who was the senior staff in our office. That showed, even when he was insane, he never forgave those people who had harassed him.
Not long after the scary incident,TQ committed suicide.
However,no senior crew really cared whether he lived or died.
The incidence broke my heart and I vowed that one day,if I ever become a senior crew,I would never repeat what those people had done to the juniors.

6 comments:

gsl said...

True. Treat others with respect no matter what your rank is. BT, I respect u for that.

Anonymous said...

Sze Li,Thanks for taking time to comment. I visted yr blog so many times but it was difficult to navigate around. Dont think "multiply" is easy to use.
BT

Anonymous said...

don't be ridiculously silly. how do you check on your seniors' favourite drinks etc when you have 7000+ crews now? even so back then, it would be acceptable to offer them drinks or ask before you offer? i realised your opinions are one sided and im amazed by how much visit your site and still believe in it!

Anonymous said...

You there,seems to be very naive cos back then we had about 100 crew, out of which maybe 20 were LS and CS. So we got to find out from the snr galley stewards about the choice of foods and drinks the LS & CS liked.If u have senior friends,i mean really senior in age too, who used to work for MSA/SIA,ask them.
Dont u worry about my visitors. If u think I am bullshitting then plse go somewhere else...Oops sorry huh ppl like me shouldnt be soo rude...hehehe
BT

Allied said...

BT,
I can relate to your story.
Whilst during my time (MH) we had probably around 300+ supervisory crew, and you kinda automatically profile them so that your flights are smoother without incident.
Like there was this IFS (SCS those days) which most would fear, but during my first flight with him, I was careful enough to review all my work, so that I will be prepared.
He did not bother me after asking three questions.
My next flight with him was years later, when he assigned me a 'good' position to work, and also had time to talk to me. Unfortunately, I had an accident in LAX, and was to pax back, but after a nights rest, my swollen knee actually healed and he gave me the option to work back, in view of the allowances that I was going to earn.
Seniors are humans too.
Till today, I remember his good deed and understanding.

BT, thanks for reminding me of some of my years in the airlines...

Cheers

Anonymous said...

Hi Allied!..Thanks for appreciating my stories. That idiot annoymous can't empathize or relate to my story and thus passed stupid comments.
I agree with u,the snrs are human too. Once u showed respect and interest to them and yr work,then they will treat u with respect too.It was the same in the army or anywhere else too.
Thank you again for your little story. Do U wanna to share yr stories with us here. I will publish them for U and use yr name ok?
Cheers!!!
BT.