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.