Did a Passenger Whose Dog Pooped on the LAX Floor Deserve This Harsh Punishment?

A fellow traveler craved revenge.

If you behave badly at the airport, consider this your fair warning that citizen travelers are watching — and are ready to exact punishment.

Consider this: A woman traveling through LAX let her dog relieve itself on the airport floor… and then failed to clean it up, even when fellow travelers called her out. But, apparently, she didn't exactly get away with it.

Comedian Steve Hofstetter was traveling from Los Angeles to Tokyo to perform when he saw the whole thing go down, describing it later in a Reddit post. He said the woman was “loudly FaceTiming” and facing away from the dog as it did its business. Someone pointed out what had happened, but the woman brushed it off, returning to her phone conversation to complain that people at the airport were just “so damned rude.” She then failed to clean up the mess, and allegedly told a passenger who inquired that the airport has “people for that.” 

Well, when Hofstetter arrived to his own gate for his flight, the shameless passenger was also there waiting to board… still engaged in her devices, this time with music blasting and no headphones. 

While other passengers tried to ignore her and position themselves far away from the scene in search of some peace, Hofstetter saw the moment as an opportunity…. to pull a revenge plot.

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He sat right down next to her and asked, “Are you going to London on business?’” When she said she was going to Tokyo, and not London, he pounced: “‘Oh,’ I said. ‘Then you better hurry. That flight got moved to gate 53C. This is the flight to London.’” For reference, no such gate even exists at LAX.

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That’s when she grabbed her luggage and her pet and darted off for the gate without confirming Hofstetter’s claim. And that may have been the end of her chance to get to Tokyo that day, because Hofstetter reported on Reddit that he never saw her again.

“Her missing her flight was not my original intention, but it would be a fine punishment for her being so rude to everyone and making a low-paid stranger clean feces off the floor,” he said. “What makes me wonder if I went too far is the knowledge that Delta only has one flight to Tokyo each day. Whoops.”

But anyway, he said that if she hadn’t been so deep in her distractions, she would have been able to prevent her fate.

Call it “so damned rude” — or call it karma.

Oh and by the way? For people who didn't believe Hofstetter's far-fetched tale, he provided supporting materials for reference, including proof that Delta does allow pets on flights to Japan.

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