United Airlines Employee Taunts Wisconsin Man Over His Last Name
You know what I love about the name "Mandy?" Not a lot of people have it. It's unique, but not so unique that it draws the kind of attention that could be traumatizing. That is, unless, a really intoxicated guy, who's the same age as my dad, serenades me with his rendition of Barry Manilow's smash hit from 1974. It happens more often than you think.
But, that's nothing compared to what I imagine William J. Dicks has been going through his entire life. I can say Willliam's last name without giggling, because I'm an adult, but I can't say the same for everyone else.
According to the New York Post, Dicks, from Milwaukee, has filed a lawsuit against United Airlines after a customer service rep subjected him to nearly an hour of unsolicited sex talk brought on by his last name.
The suit, which was filed in a Wisconsin federal court, claims that Dicks felt “utterly humiliated” and was haunted by thoughts from his past, when he was teased as a child because of his last name.
While booking a reservation, a male employee for United Airlines made comments about the last name, saying it was "controversial" and that he "liked it;" he also asked questions about Dicks' personal life, including whether or not he used protection with his girlfriend. The customer service rep even went as far as trying to find Dicks on social media so he could see pictures of him.
Because of the phone call, Dicks fears that the agent might try to find out where he lives and he ended up breaking up with his girlfriend over it; he's also suing for invasion of privacy, unlawful use of telephone and obscene or harassing telephone calls.
There's no word on whether or not the customer service agent is employed with United Airlines.