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(CNN)   Henrix, an English springer spaniel, was supposed to fly from Newark to Phoenix, gets sent to Ireland. Sounds like United really screwed the pooch on this one   (cnn.com) divider line 48
    More: Sad, Ireland, newark, detour, Megan McCarthy  
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2013-03-16 08:32:36 PM
That lady is so classy.
 
2013-03-16 10:16:46 PM
That springer seems so much better behaved than mine.
 
2013-03-16 10:17:25 PM

marius2: That lady is so classy.


And that dog loves her anyway.  That is why dogs are cool.
 
2013-03-16 11:02:08 PM
They would have screwed the sheep too but the plane to Scotland was full
 
2013-03-17 01:34:04 AM
At least it wasn't sent to China.
 
2013-03-17 01:35:24 AM
Fark that biatch.

The dog is cool though.
 
2013-03-17 01:35:37 AM
Does he at least get the miles?
 
2013-03-17 01:35:43 AM
Since the dog was English, I'm surprised he wasn't sent to London.
 
2013-03-17 01:35:48 AM
Jesus,  subby, with that tag I thought the poor thing had been put in the wrong cabin and died.
 
2013-03-17 01:39:05 AM

slackananda: Since the dog was English, I'm surprised he wasn't sent to London.


I am surprised the IRA didn't hold him for ransom
 
2013-03-17 01:41:04 AM
"What do you say, except, 'I hope he gets some Guinness and corned beef and cabbage,'"

The husband sounds like a pretty cool guy, though.
 
2013-03-17 01:47:07 AM
Pets are okay to have around the house, cats, dogs, what have you. Don't make yourself trouble by taking them on a freakin' aeroplane. If you're gonna be moving permanently though, just take the pets out back and shoot them. Nothing worse than dogs and cats on aeroplanes, even if they're in the cargo hold.

/Irish stereotype alert--someone hoped that Hendrix had corned beef and cabbage on his trip to Ireland, according to the article
//runs
 
2013-03-17 01:47:50 AM
Maybe the dog watched too much Sons of Anarchy,
 
2013-03-17 01:48:48 AM
God DAMMIT, CORRIGAN!
 
2013-03-17 01:56:52 AM
YyyyEeeAaHhhhhhhh!
 
2013-03-17 01:58:22 AM

slackananda: Since the dog was English, I'm surprised he wasn't sent to London.


you could tell because of his accent?
 
2013-03-17 01:59:21 AM

pion: "What do you say, except, 'I hope he gets some Guinness and corned beef and cabbage,'"

The husband sounds like a pretty cool guy, though.


My dog likes cabbage.
 
2013-03-17 02:00:30 AM
I'd buy it if were an Irish setter.
 
2013-03-17 02:03:23 AM

Hop-Frog: I'd buy it if were an Irish setter.


Celebrating early, obviously. Cheers.
 
2013-03-17 02:08:35 AM
When the airline realized the dog had been put on the wrong flight, immediate steps were taken to return Hendrix to his owner...While on the unexpected detour, Hendrix was walked and fed by United staff...United apologized and offered a full refund...Grant is happy to have her dog back, but wants United to punish the person responsible..."They should not have their job anymore, I mean, he's been on a plane for 24 hours."


If this were a normal airline story (the weekly "they destroyed my $20,000 instrument and I had to go on national news before they'd even talk to me" story, for example), and the airline had been giant dicks about everything and refused to be helpful, I might agree with the lady, but as it is, I think she's going overboard.  According to the story, United figured out something was wrong pretty quickly, immediately notified her, took extensive steps to make sure the dog was OK, and sent it back on another international flight in time to reach her pretty damn fast while offering a complete refund.  United did everything right (after the initial mistake, which statistically has to happen every once in a while), it doesn't seem that any serious or permanent harm was done, and she still wants some poor sap fired.

I do have simpathy for the dog (2 of my dogs would have had the time of their lives meeting all the new people, but the third would have been scared witless, and they'd all hate the flight).  The woman, on the other hand, comes off like kinda a biatch.  Not to mention I generally don't like people who crate their dogs as luggage for flights...it's a horrible thing to do in my opinion.  Leave them at home with friends or family or a dogsitter to take care of them.
 
2013-03-17 02:08:40 AM

uttertosh: pion: "What do you say, except, 'I hope he gets some Guinness and corned beef and cabbage,'"

The husband sounds like a pretty cool guy, though.

My dog likes cabbage.


My dog would like the corned beef and beer. Not so much the cabbage. I do think she'd be up for a good lamb stew as well. Wouldn't turn down potatoes or the soda bread that they serve with everything there, either. But leafy greens, even cooked? Not so much.

Interestingly (or not really), when I was in Ireland, I never did order that one. I got a bacon and cabbage plate in Galway, it was very good, but never the corned beef. Plenty of good food over there- with the heavy beef and lamb dishes, people forget they do some great stuff with chicken, fish and cheeses too.
 
2013-03-17 02:09:44 AM

uttertosh: pion: "What do you say, except, 'I hope he gets some Guinness and corned beef and cabbage,'"

The husband sounds like a pretty cool guy, though.

My dog likes cabbage.


Hoo boy. That sounds like a dangerous thing to give a dog. Well, for you, at least.

/Ugh, dog gas.
 
2013-03-17 02:12:57 AM

Emposter: I do have simpathy for the dog (2 of my dogs would have had the time of their lives meeting all the new people, but the third would have been scared witless, and they'd all hate the flight).


Yeah, my family's dog would have had a ball with the meeting new people part. She's hilariously social- I took her to the dog park once, and she spent all of her time sucking up to the other dog owners. Not quite what I had in mind, but she seemed to enjoy herself. Don't think she would do well on a flight, but who knows. She just curls up and sleeps in the car, which is a nice change from the previous dog, who was always running about, putting the windows down, and acting like the car was a chariot at her beck and call to chase other cars. Add in the barking, and traveling with her wasn't pleasant, even though she was having fun.
 
2013-03-17 02:14:20 AM
no ITG, one would have to fully incapacitate me before our Chow Pei would get anywhere near an airport.
 
2013-03-17 02:16:08 AM
When you're leaving Newark, it really doesn't matter where you end up, because wherever it is, it's better than staying in Newark.
 
2013-03-17 02:38:47 AM
the dog lived, which is better than United usually does.
 
2013-03-17 02:44:42 AM

uttertosh: pion: "What do you say, except, 'I hope he gets some Guinness and corned beef and cabbage,'"

The husband sounds like a pretty cool guy, though.

My dog likes cabbage.


You might want to seek psychological help for your dog. There might be an identity crisis issue in that the dog thinks it's a hamster.
 
2013-03-17 02:47:14 AM
Everyone just assumes it was the airline's fault. Doesn't anyone else think it odd that the dog managed to find it's way to Ireland just before St Patrick's day? The dog just might have had inside help.
 
2013-03-17 02:59:22 AM
Sounds like an upgrade to me.
 
2013-03-17 03:07:59 AM

marius2: That lady is so classy.


If that's not sarcasm, disregard the following.  Here's what she's quoted as saying:

"I felt like somebody punched me in the stomach. I mean, that's my dog. That's like my child."
"I wasn't even looking for a refund. I just wanted somebody to say we screwed up. That's not what they said."
"They should not have their job anymore, I mean, he's been on a plane for 24 hours."

The first thing is obvious to any dog owner. The second thing will be familiar to anyone who's ever dealt with a bank, phone company, cable company, chain store, or airline in the last thirty years.

And as for the third thing--look, I get that we don't threaten people's jobs lightly, but if you're the guy whose job it is to keep dogs from being stuffed in random cargo holds and forgotten about, then whether or not it happens is a pretty good performance metric. Nobody's talking about making orphans of his children.

I'm just saying, she's classier than I'd be under the circumstances.
 
2013-03-17 03:10:49 AM

Ed Willy: Jesus,  subby, with that tag I thought the poor thing had been put in the wrong cabin and died.



Seconded......it wasn't the best use of the SAD tag.

/DUMBASS tag for the airline would have been better.
 
2013-03-17 03:13:06 AM
The airline apologized and offered a refund. Pretty sure that is them saying the screwed up lady.
 
2013-03-17 03:15:10 AM
That dog probably felt better than most people do after flying international in coach.
 
2013-03-17 03:15:44 AM
United breaks guitars.
 
2013-03-17 03:55:19 AM
Why is this national news? Who the hell cares? Shoot it and be done with it..
 
2013-03-17 04:13:10 AM
I realize youngers think 1938 is ancient history, but really no one thought of Wrong Way Corrigan on St. Patrick's day regarding a flight to the west coast that ended up in Ireland?
 
2013-03-17 05:02:25 AM
"I felt like somebody punched me in the stomach. I mean, that's my dog. That's like my child,"

Eyeroll. Glad the dogger made it back ok though.
 
2013-03-17 05:05:29 AM
But did he bring back any Irish lassies?
 
2013-03-17 05:56:50 AM
Have to agree with some others in this thread. The airline took immediate action and offered a refund. The dog was even walked and fed. Then they issued a refund. It's a bad situation that shouldn't have happened, but then again this lady probably posts daily at Consumerist.
 
2013-03-17 06:42:40 AM

Yogimus: United breaks guitars.


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Will definitely NOT be flying United.
 
2013-03-17 06:49:31 AM

Kevin72: I realize youngers think 1938 is ancient history, but really no one thought of Wrong Way Corrigan on St. Patrick's day regarding a flight to the west coast that ended up in Ireland?


Time for your Geritol, gramps!
 
2013-03-17 07:22:16 AM
"They should not have their job anymore, I mean, he's been on a plane for 24 hours."


Your logic is tourettelatute to any spanky magic bottom slapping logic.  Be happy that he wasn't  turned into a Ramsey Dog Fancy.
 
2013-03-17 08:21:49 AM
His name is Hendrix, not Henrix sub-tarred.  Though I doubt he would know the difference unless he was hooked on phonics.
 
2013-03-17 08:48:20 AM
"When my mom called me I was like 'my dog got sent to frickin Ireland? How Ireland? Not even like he went to Florida...he's in Ireland,'" she told KNXV.

Oh Lord, what's her Fark handle?
 
2013-03-17 12:10:44 PM

LibertyHiller: Kevin72: I realize youngers think 1938 is ancient history, but really no one thought of Wrong Way Corrigan on St. Patrick's day regarding a flight to the west coast that ended up in Ireland?

Time for your Geritol, gramps!


Whatcha say, Sonny? Kin hardly hear ya. Why oh why were you not at the San Francisco FARK party (parties) last night and Friday?
 
2013-03-17 01:43:03 PM

Kevin72: I realize youngers think 1938 is ancient history, but really no one thought of Wrong Way Corrigan on St. Patrick's day regarding a flight to the west coast that ended up in Ireland?


Look up ^^^^^^^^ Lord Jiro's post!
 
2013-03-17 02:20:40 PM
9/10 for LordJiro. -1 for not making it obvious for someone old like me who could get the reference the first time reading.
 
2013-03-17 06:50:35 PM

Kevin72: LibertyHiller: Kevin72: I realize youngers think 1938 is ancient history, but really no one thought of Wrong Way Corrigan on St. Patrick's day regarding a flight to the west coast that ended up in Ireland?

Time for your Geritol, gramps!

Whatcha say, Sonny? Kin hardly hear ya. Why oh why were you not at the San Francisco FARK party (parties) last night and Friday?


Sorry I missed you guys; gave up carousing for Lent.
 
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