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Bad Humour Costs...

Discussion in 'Channel Zero' started by imported_Tesseract, Jan 15, 2004.

  1. Brazil fines 'obscene' US pilot...

    From bbc

    [b]An American Airlines pilot has been fined $12,000 for making an obscene gesture while being photographed at Sao Paulo airport in Brazil.
    The pilot, Dale Robbin Hirsh, and other crew members were arrested on arrival from Miami. [/b]

    They have all now been released. American Airlines has agreed to pay the fine and has issued an apology.

    However the airline added that the pilot had not intended to be disrespectful.

    Brazil has been photographing and finger-printing US visitors in response to similar US requirements for visitors needing a visa.

    The incident occurred when Mr Hirsh, 52, and his crew were going through security checks after arriving from Miami.

    Mr Hirsh raised his middle finger as he was handing papers to officials, in "an internationally recognised obscene gesture," a Brazilian police spokesman told reporters.

    Mr Hirsh was taken to a federal courthouse. The authorities decided not to press criminal charges, imposing a fine instead.

    Francisco Baltazar da Silva, chief of Sao Paulo's federal police said Mr Hirsh had apologised repeatedly for the incident.

    "Basically, it was a joke done in bad taste," Mr da Silva said.

    Ten other crew members were also denied entry to Brazil after causing problems during the identity checks.

    American Airlines has apologised over the incident.

    "The company apologises to the Brazilian Government, the airport authorities, the police or anyone else who may have perceived anything they believe to have been disrespectful," a statement said.

    "The captain and other crew members certainly meant no disrespect."
  2. metallix

    metallix Elite Member

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  3. --zeSto--

    --zeSto-- Veteran Member

    Joined: Jul 12, 2000 Messages: 6,979 Likes Received: 2
    better a lame joke than no joke.

    and come one now about that pilot thing.
    Pretty much and hand gesture is considered offensive to some group out there.
    but yeah.... imagine if it was a brazillian giving the finger to an american immigration officer.

    now boarding flights to Guantanamo Bay Cuba.
  4. 1HalfOfMe

    1HalfOfMe Member

    Joined: Mar 25, 2002 Messages: 837 Likes Received: 0
    i dont think it was supposed to be funny, he was just pissed about that and didnt wanna go nuts.
    but i heard it on npr this morning and i laughed my ass off.
    13Gs and i bet hell get fired for one finger. it sucks but funny
  5. I dont think he'll get fired cause most americans would applause his action and critisize it on the pc note only...however, big ups to brazilians for naling his ass like that.
  6. ClueTwo

    ClueTwo Veteran Member

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  7. Abracadabra

    Abracadabra Dirty Dozen Crew

    Joined: Dec 28, 2001 Messages: 22,906 Likes Received: 113
    $12000 to say "fuck you" to an entire country? small price to pay, i say
  8. mr.yuck

    mr.yuck Veteran Member

    Joined: May 12, 2000 Messages: 6,952 Likes Received: 6
    I think the joke was great.

  9. i11igul

    i11igul Senior Member

    Joined: Jun 5, 2003 Messages: 1,810 Likes Received: 0
    seems to me he used perfect good judgement:D


    Joined: Apr 30, 2002 Messages: 711 Likes Received: 0
    I love Brasil anyway, but this is just classic.