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United Airlines breaks guitars

Here’s something I really fucking love about the internet; it gives a voice to people that without it would have none.
The story is about a band that was flying on United Airlines when they witnessed the airlines baggage handlers throwing their guitars around.
When they landed, they discovered the guitars were broken, but no one wanted to compensate these young men for what was clearly abuse of their property while under the care of the airlines.
Now, if this had been just 20 years ago these men would have little to no recourse.  They’re not famous, so they can’t just go on the tonight show and bitch about it, and it’s doubtful that they could get a magazine or a newspaper to cover it as a story, so they basically would have been shit out of luck.
Today though, they have options never before available to counter the disinterest that the corporate machine has in making things right with the common folk.   These guys decided to write three songs and produce three music videos on their saga and put them on youtube.
Just a couple days ago someone sent me the link to the video, and it only had a couple thousand views.  As of the time I’m writing this the number is over 349,000 and growing every minute.
What they wrote wasn’t angry, and it’s actually a very catchy song.  I was driving to a gig tonight and I found myself singing it to myself.  It’s a country song, which is not normally what I listen to, but like I said, it’s a pretty catchy number.
Here’s the video:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5YGc4zOqozo[/youtube]

Not bad, right?  Now along with the video here’s the detailed description of the incident from  their website.

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I’m sure this incident and the attention that they’re getting for their youtube video is going to be worth in publicity far more than the $3,500.00 price of the guitar, but that said United still owes these guys money as far as I’m concerned.
I think the whole story sucks, and I’ve decided to Boycott United airlines until this whole thing is worked out.  These guys have a legitimate gripe, and I think the people at United that handled this are a bunch of cunts for treating them the way they’ve described.
They want people with claims like this to feel helpless so that they just give up, and I applaud these guys for taking a stand.  They’re a talented band, and I really hope this incident launches them and gets them a lot of press.
Send the link to the youtube video to everyone you know, and feel free to call up United Airlines and tell them how much you think this fucking sucks, and even if you don’t mean it, tell them you’re never flying their bullshit airline again until they take responsibility, pay these guys, and apologize.

Update:  apparently United Airlines has seen the video, heard from the people that were upset by it and has already agreed to compensate these guys.

FUCKING AWESOME.  I couldn’t be happier.  Here’s the link to the story: http://blog.seattlepi.com/thebigblog/archives/173314.asp

Way to go, United Airlines.  You did the right thing.