NY Daily News – The Idaho businessman who allegedly hurled a racial slur before slapping a 19-month-old infant on a boozed-fueled flight has lost his job.
Joe Rickey Hundley, 60, is no longer employed as an executive with Unitech Composites and Structures, the company said in a statement Sunday.
“We wish to emphasize that the behavior that has been described is contradictory to our values, embarrassing and does not in any way reflect the patriotic character of the men and women of diverse backgrounds who work tirelessly in our business,” said the Idaho manufacturer of aerospace parts.
Hundley’s axing comes as Minneapolis mom Jessica Bennett described how he allegedly attacked her son, Jonah, because he wouldn’t stop crying during their Feb. 8 Delta flight from Minneapolis. The first shock came when she heard him call her son an “n-word” as the plane prepared to land in Atlanta, according to court documents.
He “was so drunk that he fell onto my face, and his mouth moved over to my ear and he said it, just directly into my ear,” the Minneapolis mom claimed. He had been sitting next to Bennett and her boy when the cabin pressure changed, causing Jonah to cry, Bennett said. She alleges that Hundley had been drinking double vodkas before he blurted out, “Shut that n—-r baby up!” Then he whacked Jonah near his eye with an open hand, which caused her son to bleed and bawl even harder, according to court documents.
Hundley, from Hayden, Idaho, has been charged with simple assault and could face up to a year behind bars.
Nothing worse than sitting on a plane with a screaming baby, unless that screaming baby is a screaming toddler who kicks the back of you chair. I’d open hand slap them both. The racial slur is another thing. Come on, Joe, the kid is 19-months, he doesn’t understand that type of language yet. Its ‘goo-goo, gas-gaa’ or nothing at that age. If he were smart he’d have bribed that mofo with some candy. Kids love candy. I have a 3-year old cousin that comes over my house and the first thing he does is run in the house, come find me and then go in my room for my gummy bears. He loves gummy bears. Is there a chance that he only loves me for my gummy bears? Of course. Am I ashamed of this? Abso-fuckin-lutely not.
Its called understanding children. Children loves few things, 1) candy, 2) getting their way, and 3) running around all day without a care in the world. By handing him candy I’m fulfilling two of those loves. So when he says, ‘Brian, come run around with me,’ I can say, ‘Im eating gummy bears right now, would you like some?’ And all of a sudden his mind is flipped. Thats another thing about children, they have no concentration skills. They give up on things rather quickly. They may come back to them later on, but in the meantime it’ll buy you some time for a new excuse, like I don’t feel well, its getting dark, or its too cold outside. Besides the fact that kids birth through 5-years can stay home and do whatever they want while people take care of them, its pretty shitty to be young. You just get manipulated so easily. I better never have kids because it’ll just end up with me having a big ass factory of workers.