My run in with United “management”

While sitting in the C16 Red Carpet Club at ORD today, a lady sat down at the table next to me. She turned her chair a bit so that it was facing me, although I didn’t think much of it. I went about my business as usual, and as I get up to leave, she says “that’s an interesting shirt.” Again I didn’t think a whole lot of it, since I was approached an hour earlier by a guy in the Red Carpet Club that said how awesome my shirt is, and he said he knew all about it since his wife was a flight attendant. I figured maybe this lady’s husband worked for United, based on how she phrased it.

We got to talking, and as it turns out she works in management at United. We had a perfectly civilized conversation about the pros and cons of United’s upper management for about 45 minutes. I won’t get into too many details here, but it was interesting to be “approached” by management in the Red Carpet Club about my favorite shirt.

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  1. I thought this story was going in the direction of ‘Nice shirt, Lucky; now, I’m gonna make you an offer you can’t refuse.’

  2. You wear a “Glenn’s gotta go” shirt when you travel? And BTW, in your title, “management” is in quotes while “run-in” is not.

  3. This may sound stupid, but who’s Glenn? I’ve read about that shirt before but didn’t get it. Is he the CEO?

  4. so……did she approach you because she was “on the job” or was her being in the RCC a coincidence ’cause she was actually in transit?

  5. What do you mean you “won’t get into too many details here”? I’m curious. What has management to say about Tilton? Was she working or just struck up a conversation. In what capacity is she part of management? Come now, do tell.

  6. Looks like the shirt is not working. Glenn and gang were handily re-elected last Thursday. Perhaps this woman was on her way back from Woodland Hills.

  7. @ Eric — C’mon now, that’d never happen!

    @ kkjay77 — Absolutely!

    @ HunterSFO — Not to worry, hah. It’s still the single best shirt out there.

    @ Jay — Sorry, I wrote this after being up for about 40 hours, so consider it more of an oversight than anything else. Management is in quotes, though, because this wasn’t really one of the top guns, but rather someone that works there in a managerial capacity but doesn’t run the show.

    @ bk3day — She was actually in transit. Flying to a certain city popular for auto makers.

    @ Robertol and Rochester Rich — To be honest there’s not all that much to discuss. It was a typical conversation. I showed her pictures of what United serves in business class domestically for breakfast (which I’ve posted here), I mentioned what an arrogant approach I felt upper management took towards employees and customers alike (citing last year’s shareholders meeting), and other fun stuff like that. She felt Glenn was doing a great job and that United is really improving as of late.

    @ mike — I wouldn’t expect any less from United’s board. 🙁

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