Musician Busts United Airline's Chops Over Broken Guitar
What's a poor musician to do when an airline breaks his guitar and gives him the runaround for nearly a year, ultimately refusing to pay for repairs? Write a song about how much said airline sucks, film a hilarious video of the song, and post said video to the Web, of course.
After some United Airlines employees damaged Dave Carroll's expensive Taylor acoustic guitar, he was left with no option but to throw down $1,200 for the necessary repairs. But that might have been a small price to pay for the stroke of creativity that resulted from his nightmare in the skies. Carroll recently wrote and released 'United: Song 1,' the first song in a promised series of three about his experience chasing the airline company in circles. After Carroll and his band witnessed employees throwing around instruments during a layover in Chicago, he told every employee (on and off the plane) that he could find. Each laid blame on someone else. United strung Carroll along for nine months until, finally, his claim for compensation was denied for the last time by an employee named Ms. Irlweg. Carroll vowed to spread the word by writing and producing three songs and videos about his experience.
It's good to see that Carroll can laugh at his troubles. In a situation like this, it's the only thing he can do. From our own experiences, we'd think he could write an entire album about how airlines/airports screw folks over. How's this for a song title, Dave? 'My Flight Was Canceled and I'm Stuck Sleeping on This Hard Plastic Bench Because Delta Won't Put Me in a Hotel.' That one's on the house. [From: Dave Carroll, via Gadling]