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Well Hello Dolly. You’re in jail, Dolly. Leader singer from Cranberries arrested after landing

Dahlings, my friend Dolores O’Riordan has caused a stir on board a Aer Lingus plane from JFK to Shannon. Turns out she is accused of assaulting a flight attendant causing a fractured foot. Dolly was arrested upon arrival in Shannon and reportedly headbutted a Garda officer.

You may know Dolly as the lead singer from her band, “The Cranberries”. They has a hit with the little ditty Zombie’.

How I chuckled as I remembered some of the lyrics:

..But you see, it’s not me, it’s not my family.
In your head, in your head they are fighting.

Then there is another hit, ‘Linger’.

I’m sure I’m not being rude
But it’s just your attitude
It’s tearing me apart
It’s ruining everything

Not one to talk about stereotypes, but I would be shocked I tell you, if I find out that someone from Ireland had over indulged with alcohol.
Ciao for now, Cleo.

Total Recall

An event bigger than the GM ignition issue is occurring with faulty deployment of airbags. From Bloomberg:

Toyota is advising U.S. owners to keep passengers out of front seats until defective Takata Corp. air bag parts are replaced, four months after following the same procedure in Japan. Takata faces investigations into whether exploding shrapnel from its flawed parts are to blame for at least four deaths involving vehicles made by Honda, including a Florida crash that was initially investigated as a homicide because of deep gashes to the victim’s neck.

The growing number of air-bag recalls also raise doubts about whether carmakers have learned to address defects quickly and comprehensively after General Motors Co.’s bungled ignition switch recalls and Toyota’s failures in 2009 and 2010 involving unintended acceleration. Honda is under separate probes over whether it under reported fatalities and injuries in the U.S.

This is interesting part. Continue reading..

Air today, gone tomorrow : Paris art attraction gets dysfunctionality

What a let down..

Dahlings, well that didn’t last long.

I refer to the contemporary art piece of work called “Tree” that looked like a thingy – see our previous post.

It turns out some Parisians who were upset that it ‘humiliated the city’, vandalized the so called piece of Art at night. [Source Daily Mail].

The same artist had a previous exhibit that was a tad bit controversial:

At a 2011 exhibition in London he displayed an identical pair of clay anamatronic sculptures of former president George W Bush having sex with pigs.

Oh, I just can’t wait for his next inspiration.

Ciao for now, Cleo.

The I fill tower: New art work in Paris is a rude awakening

Ohhh Christmas Tree! Ohhh Christmas Tree! Much pleasure thou can’st give me;

Dahlings, French maybe the language of love butt those Frenchies are ‘ow do I say it, sex maniacs.

In the Place Vendome in Paris, US artist Paul McCarthy has put up a 24ft inflatable green Christmas tree. It is simply titled “Tree”.

Except it looks like a thingy.

You know a thingy that you insert in your uhm.. Let me start again, it is a thingy you use to expand your uhm horizons.

Oh sacre bleu. I ave’ad enough of zis: I’m not going to give this a free plug.

Ciao for now, Cleo.

Tickets to Ride : Police of a Notorious Speed trap city gets disbanded

In a follow up to our post  “Ghosts of Waldo” where the Waldo Police Department was disbanded, AAA is reconsidering the need for a billboard to warn motorists about Waldo being a speed trap. [Source Daily Mail though the Mail does mess up the road. It is 301 not 310].

However, one commentator “grneyedmnstr, Tampa, United States” to this article said:

I drove through Waldo Thursday night and again on Sunday afternoon coming back from my trip. Both times there were lights and sirens every few blocks with people pulled over–mostly tourists. The whole town is about 3 miles long and you crawl along at 30 miles an hour. Lawtey is just as bad. Nothing has changed.

Meet the new boss.

Twittering class upgrade: How to go from frequent flier to boarding denial

Lisa Carter-Knight Twitters that led to her being upgraded to 'no board for you'

Lisa Carter-Knight Tweets that led to gave JetBlue denial of boarding

Dahlings, What is going on with all these airlines kicking off passengers after their unfavorable twitterings?

First it was Southwest, now it is JetBlue who kicked off a passenger, Lisa Carter-Knight for commenting about the delay after the pilot subjected himself to a sobriety test after another passenger had made a wise crack about him being at the bar. All passengers had to deplane and Ms. Carter-Knight was denied boarding.

From Bloomberg:

The takeoff was pushed back again when a passenger commented while boarding that the pilot may have been drinking, Johnston said. Per airline policy, that remark forced the pilot to take a sobriety test, which he passed, Johnston said.

Boston TV WCVB has different details where it appears Ms Carter-Knight had nothing to do with the original passenger comment that and was only commenting on the comment.

 “I wasn’t the individual who made the accusation. I was a passenger who overheard an individual make an off-color remark in which the pilot took offense to and went through some guidelines,” Carter-Knight said. “I was tweeting about an experience like we all do. You’re in a bad restaurant, you’re on a long flight you tweet to your friends and your family.”

JetBlue said that was not why they declined to allow her back on the plane.

“The decision to remove a customer from a flight is not taken lightly. If we feel a customer is not complying with safety instructions, exhibits objectionable behavior or causes conflict at the gate or on the aircraft, the customer will be asked to deplane or will be denied boarding especially if the crew feels the situation runs the risk of accelerating in the air,” JetBlue said in a statement. “In this instance, the customer received a refund and chose to fly on another carrier.”

Back to Bloomberg again where it appears the twittee is a ‘person non grata’ as far as JetBlue is concerned.

“..Carter-Knight said she tried to book a later JetBlue flight and was told she would be refused service.”

As usual, the current commentators who are now commenting on the commentator who was commentating on another  commentator are mixed in their condemnation [Try saying that fast !]. Some blame the Tweeters. Some blame JetBlue.

However, this story had given me an idea to my tactical arsenal on how to get a row all to myself -see “Kicking someone when they are down“. I will simply whisper to the FA that my fellow passenger (s) next to me made a ‘joke’ about the pilot appearing to be unsteady. Being a concerned citizen, I know that jokes about security are not funny and therefore it is my duty to inform you…

Ciao for now, Cleo.

Hope you like Jamming too: Marriott gets fined for blocking public WiFi

Not content with the emotional blackmailing to get you to tip you room cleaner, Marriott have been fined $600,000 by the FAA for jamming user’s WiFi in order to get you to use their WiFi network at highly inflated prices.

The villain is this case is Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, who blocked users mobile “hotspots” and required consumers, small businesses and exhibitors as much as $1,000 per device to access Marriott’s Wi-Fi.

From Bloomberg article dated 3rd October:

“Consumers who purchase cellular data plans should be able to use them without fear that their personal Internet connection will be blocked by their hotel or conference center,” FCC Enforcement Bureau Chief Travis LeBlanc said in the statement.

Under a consent decree with the FCC, Marriott must stop using Wi-Fi blocking technology and file compliance and usage reports every three months for three years, the FCC said. Bethesda, Maryland-based Marriott, the world’s second-largest publicly traded hotel chain, also will pay a civil penalty of $600,000.

In some cases, Marriott employees at the hotel’s conference center used technology to disrupt customer Wi-Fi transmissions and block Internet access. Marriott charged conference exhibitors and other attendees $250 to $1,000 per device to use the Gaylord Wi-Fi service in the conference facilities.

And Marriott’s response..

Marriott says it did nothing wrong and it’s the FCC’s policies that need changing.

Unbelievable.

Out of curiosity, we took a look at this resort. While the Gaylord resort looks nice, many people complain about the additional fees. One reviewer on tripadvisor – Scott from St.Louis – captures what I would think of this:

Maybe this was in the small print somewhere but on check-in, the very nice guys says “there is a $18 resort fee for the two bottles of water in your room and the wifi… “… I was like “what?”… this better be some good water! No, it was sam’s club $.15/bottle water. OK….

The wifi? It was about 1MB (couldn’t stream netflix) but you could pay more to get better bandwidth. That’s really nice.

Now I’m angry. I would like to give them perhaps 3 stars at this point (and be rated with the muckity mucks in the middle reviewers) but no… it gets better.

Parking is $21. you use your room key to park – ok, that must be part of the $240… nope.

Another reviewer on Hotels.com “Kathy M” reports somethings similar:

NOT very happy with price of this hotel. They have added charges that are simply silly. There is an $18 +tax daily for two bottle of warm cheap waters, Wi-Fi (which is supposed to be free),discounts at hotel amenities, transportation to airport, and mall around the corner but all other routes are at a cost. They then also charge for parking $21+tax a day on top of the $18, really, I don’t understand why they charge for parking with the other fee. There is nothing around them, no where near down town and every thing around them offers free parking for their facilities. If they are going to do a daily charge like the $18 one it should include your parking not be in addition to!

The verdict on Gaylord Opryland Resport: FEED THEM TO THE LIONS

A customer Complaint from TripAdvisor

A customer Complaint from TripAdvisor

Complaints on Hotels.com

Complaints on Hotels.com

The Ghost of Waldo

“Glad tidings we bring, to you and your Kin”. No, it’s not Christmas time but an early present: Waldo City Council, Florida has voted 4-1 to dissolve it’s police force.

To recap, Waldo is one of the two cities in America labelled by “AAA” as  “traffic traps”. These are cities that go out of their way to raise revenues from ticketing drivers passing through where their overzealous speed system, trips up users – see our previous article “Where’s Waldo? In Jail hopefully”.

The Waldo Police officers blew the whistle on their Chief  at a public meeting, for giving them ticket quotas to meet. This was illegal under Florida law.

There is now one less public menace to the motorist but their sister city, Lawtey, still exists. Drivers on Florida US301 beware.

Raising the temperature

Dahlings:  In a link to the Ebola outbreak, NPR article “Some Airports Have A New Security Routine: Taking Your Temperature” reviews different methods of screening people running temperatures. Those who have flown through Asia are familiar with such remote checks for Bird  or Swine Flu.

The NPR postscript should leave you very scared.

There is one way of checking temperature that is far more reliable than the rest.

“The most accurate temperature is achieved with a rectal thermometer,” says Pompeii. “But I don’t think airlines can do that.”

..but the TSA can.

Quick think of a happy place.

Ciao for now, Cleo.

 

 

Tip Jarred

scroogeDahlings, Mariott Hotels are placing envelopes in rooms to tactfully remind you to tip the person who cleans your hotel room.

What splendid Chutzpah, Bill!  Emotionally blackmail your guests to compensate for you paying your workesr lsuch ow wages. I admire it.

Others however do not:

“It is not Marriott’s responsibility to remind customers to tip; it’s their responsibility to pay their workers enough so that tips aren’t necessary,” said author Barbara Ehrenreich, who tried working as a hotel maid for her 2001 book “Nickel and Dimed,” which chronicled her experiences in low-wage jobs.

Marriott’s Corporate 2014 Awards and Recognition are interesting in relationship to this tip envelope initiative. From Marriott.com  [Queue a drum role please]. Continue reading..