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Thu Feb 8, 2018, 08:46 PM

Spirit Airlines employee told student to flush emotional support hamster down the toilet

WTF is wrong with people?

This whole "emotional support" animal excuse is getting out of control.

Assuming this story is correct, both sides need to be held accountable... whomever told her to flush the critter,
and the girl for actually doing it (when she could have easily given it to someone that was leaving the airport).

A college student said she flushed her emotional support hamster down the toilet after Spirit Airlines refused to let her bring her furry pet on the plane.

Belen Aldecosea, 21, of Miami Beach, Florida, told the Miami Herald that she contacted Spirit Airlines before her flight from Baltimore to South Florida on Nov. 21, 2017, regarding traveling with her dwarf hamster, Pebbles. Aldecosea claimed the airline told her it was not a problem to bring her hamster on the flight.

However, when the student arrived at the airport she said the airline refused to let Pebbles on the plane. Aldecosea said she did not have many options since her family was in Florida and her friends were hours away. The student claimed a Spirit employee suggested she either flush Pebbles down the toilet or let the animal free.

Aldecosea skipped her flight and tried to rent a car instead, but said she was too young to rent one. So she did what she felt was the most humane choice.

“She was scared. I was scared. It was horrifying trying to put her in the toilet,” Aldecosea said. “I was emotional. I was crying. I sat there for a good 10 minutes crying in the stall.”

The student said she considered letting Pebbles run free outside but could not bear thinking of her hamster freezing to death or getting hit.

“I didn’t have any other options,” she said.


http://www.foxnews.com/travel/2018/02/08/spirit-airlines-employee-told-student-to-flush-emotional-support-hamster-down-toilet-student-alleges.html

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Reply Spirit Airlines employee told student to flush emotional support hamster down the toilet (Original post)
Henry Krinkle Feb 2018 OP
lindysalsagal Feb 2018 #1
dhol82 Feb 2018 #2
Henry Krinkle Feb 2018 #7
LisaL Feb 2018 #8
dhol82 Feb 2018 #12
blogslut Feb 2018 #3
LisaL Feb 2018 #9
Henry Krinkle Feb 2018 #10
Gothmog Feb 2018 #4
Eugene Feb 2018 #5
Codeine Feb 2018 #6
linuxman Feb 2018 #11
StevieM Feb 2018 #13

Response to Henry Krinkle (Original post)

Thu Feb 8, 2018, 08:49 PM

1. A college student. Seriously. A college student. Who needs emotional support from a hamster. Serious

Seriously.

Is this college student getting financial aid?????

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Response to Henry Krinkle (Original post)

Thu Feb 8, 2018, 08:49 PM

2. Sorry, I dont buy this story

Saw it elsewhere. Does not make sense.
This girl is going to flush her emotional support animal down a chemical toilet just because she needs to get onto a flight leaving in nine hours?
Not buying it.
Besides,this popped up on Fox. That alone makes the story suspect.

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Response to dhol82 (Reply #2)

Thu Feb 8, 2018, 09:25 PM

7. A lot of news sources are reporting the incident

https://news.google.com/news/story/db_v6VrRwQkVjGMby4CdMVg8ZlZIM?hl=en&ned=us&gl=US

NBC news
USA Today
NY Post
CBS News
HuffPo
Time
Chicago Tribune

I believe all the news sources are accurately reporting what they were told,
but what they were told might not be accurate (or even the truth).

It might not make sense why she'd do something like that, but it also doesn't make sense
to make something like that up. Either way, she's going to be loved tenderly by the Internet.
4Chan alone will make her life a living hell.

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Response to Henry Krinkle (Reply #7)

Thu Feb 8, 2018, 09:29 PM

8. What's not to love?

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Response to Henry Krinkle (Reply #7)

Thu Feb 8, 2018, 10:25 PM

12. And she will deserve every pathetic moment of it

Who would flush their support animal down the loo???
I think this poor child made a very poor choice. Which ever one it was.

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Response to Henry Krinkle (Original post)

Thu Feb 8, 2018, 08:56 PM

3. This smells like a hoax

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Response to blogslut (Reply #3)

Thu Feb 8, 2018, 09:30 PM

9. What would be the hoax part?

Airline admits she was told she could fly with the hamster, but it wasn't accurate, and when she showed up, she wasn't allowed to fly with the hamster.
So which part is the hoax?

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Response to blogslut (Reply #3)

Thu Feb 8, 2018, 09:31 PM

10. If it is, its not a very bright or well thought out one.

IANAL, but claiming the airline told her to do that, and the way this has gone viral, seems
like a solid defamation case by Spirit Air.

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Response to Henry Krinkle (Original post)

Thu Feb 8, 2018, 09:02 PM

4. This will show up on a law school torts exam soon

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Response to Henry Krinkle (Original post)

Thu Feb 8, 2018, 09:06 PM

5. Student who says she flushed hamster down toilet in Spirit Airlines flap has a replacement rodent, l

Source: USA Today

Student who says she flushed hamster down toilet in Spirit Airlines flap has a replacement rodent, lawyer says

Christal Hayes, USA TODAY Published 6:22 p.m. ET Feb. 8, 2018

The lawyer for a student who says Spirit Airlines told her to flush her emotional-support hamster down the toilet says she's still distraught over the incident but now has a replacement rodent for comfort.

Belen Aldecosea's account of what happened after she checked into her November flight from Baltimore to South Florida — which has gone viral on social media — comes as airlines have been struggling with policies regarding comfort animals onboard flights.

Aldecosea's attorney, Adam Goodman, acknowledges there isn't audio or video proof showing a Spirit employee suggesting she flush her hamster, but he believes his client.

"It's hard, but you really have to look at the circumstances because this whole thing only makes sense with someone telling her to (flush the animal)," Goodman told USA TODAY. "...This is a situation where there weren't body cameras or anything."

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Read more: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2018/02/08/student-who-says-she-flushed-comfort-hamster-down-toilet-spirit-airlines-flap-has-replacement-rodent/320062002/

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Response to Henry Krinkle (Original post)

Thu Feb 8, 2018, 09:11 PM

6. Yeah right. nt

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Response to Henry Krinkle (Original post)

Thu Feb 8, 2018, 09:59 PM

11. Smells like bullshit.

 

Someone buy me a hat. If this is true, I'll fucking eat it.

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Response to Henry Krinkle (Original post)

Thu Feb 8, 2018, 10:30 PM

13. This poor girl was obviously in a difficult place to begin with. The airline is reprehensible.

She was not emotionally equipped to resist the coercion she was subjected to. The airline placed her under duress and should be ashamed of themselves.

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