Flush The Rodent Or You Don’t Fly

Miami Herald-

Before Belen Aldecosea flew home from college to South Florida, she twice called Spirit Airlines to ensure she could bring along a special guest: Pebbles, her pet dwarf hamster. No problem, the airline told her.

But when Aldecosea arrived at the Baltimore airport, Spirit refused to allow the tiny animal on the flight.

With her only friends hours away at campus, Aldecosea was stuck. She says an airline representative suggested flushing Pebbles down an airport toilet, a step that Spirit denies. Panicked and needing to return home promptly to deal with a medical issue, Aldecosea unsuccessfully tried renting a car and agonized for hours before doing the unthinkable.   More



22 Comments on Flush The Rodent Or You Don’t Fly

  1. It was her ’emotional support hamster.’ And she flushed it down a toilet.

    I’m not buying her story. Of course she’s emotional, so we must – we just must! – honor whatever she imagined to be true!

  2. Lazlo has a dog; Angus.
    He is not my emotional support animal, he’s my friend.
    A friend I am responsible for.
    If Lazlo were trapped on a roof with Angus in a flood and some upstart in a boat or helicopter will take me but not my friend; “well, there are others who need your help more than you need to fight me right now, so get to steppin'”.
    This twit killed her animal friend.
    She has no right to blame anyone but herself

  3. Poor little hamster. She should have given her away or pretty much done anything else other than drowning a poor innocent animal who was a friend to her.
    I had a dwarf hamster, he bit me every day when I fed him, but he lived his full hamster lifespan and died of old age.

  4. Clearly no problem solving skills. She couldn’t have just gone to an arrival gate and asked people deplaning to help her out and explain if they didn’t she was going to flush the animal?!

  5. I’m sick of people using “service animal” as pretext for dragging their damnable pets anywhere and everywhere. I long for the days wherein society made a distinction between a blind person’s service dog and all of this horse shit that is going on today.

    Here is the text of an email I had to send back in October:
    I was in the restaurant yesterday and during the short period I was there no less than four dogs (pets) were brought into the place. I walked in and ordered and paid for a breakfast sandwich from the display case was seated by the front door and fireplace. I had a few bites of my sandwich and went to use the restroom and on the way pass a woman with yet another dog, this one was standing on a woman’s lap w/it’s front feet on the table licking off a plate and your waitress had to see this. She was right there. I used the restroom and left immediately.

    Please refund my Discover Card

    Here is the response:

    Hello John,
    Axxx Cxxx here in response to your disagreeable restaurant experience at our cafe this last Sunday.
    We will of course refund your money onto the discover card you used. The cafe reopens on Wednesday and you can reach both Mxxxx and myself via house phone at 206 xxx xxxx.. anytime after 9 am… As a baker I am usually there until about 11.. am , Mxxxx until about 1 pm.
    There are several “anxiety therapy” canines that frequent our establishment… believe it or not there’s even a miniature pony that sometimes pays a modest visit … to the delight of our customers young and old..

    I understand that your experience was unfortunately colored by some of our “animal” patrons.. to the degree that a financial refund was not only relevant, but necessary.
    I look forward to your phone call Wednesday and will return your money promptly…
    Thanks again for your earnest input as to your experience at Sxxxxxxxxx ..
    Axxx Cxxx

    Can you believe it? A fucking horse and these morons think this is cute, smart or funny.

  6. I’m calling bullshit on Spirit Airlines on this one. The girl is an idiot as well as she could have easily blackmailed the ramp attendents by taking their names as well as recording their responses then you want to bet somebody would have come up with a little cage. As for the girl, she never should have flushed her pet. She should have waited and tweeted again and again, getting her friends to retweet pics of her and her buddy sitting by the Spirit gates while it went viral.
    I know a lot of people are against pets flying and I have to agree. Far too many people abuse the priviledge by getting a fake card on the net or doing some else to get get false papers that identify fido as a service dog.
    With this in mind every employee at Spirit should have been able to quote company policy in their sleep and for them to give this person the wrong advice means that they should have solved her problem.

  7. Alas, poor Pebbles… We hardly knew ye…


    OK, I can fly now!

    Maybe if I was taking my kid to the bathroom I could sue her for the horror she inflicted on my kid. Guess we’ll need an emotional weasel now. Also, what about the next person that had to use that now clogged-up toilet?

  8. I have a “service” goose.
    He bit the shit outta me day before yesterday (breaking the skin on my arm, covered by a sweatshirt and a coat) and I felt like beating him to death, but, then, he’s my “service” goose. And he loves water, so flushing him down the toilet would have pleased him (although it would have been impractical).
    I attribute his hostility to the chicken (who I think is a demonrat) who’s been inciting rebellion – but as I don’t speak chicken, I’m not sure – though I DO have my suspicions – he’s a cocky little bastard.

    izlamo delenda est …

  9. SCR You stole my thoughts HaHa!
    Go fund me would have bought her a car
    to drive home in…


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