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Do You Know Where the Exits Are?

| December 07, 2019

I came across this article, a 79 year flight attendant from Delta Air Lines was terminated for stealing a carton of milk.   The full story can be read here at  After reading the article, I came away with many questions, most of which I will probably never get complete answers to.  But it did get me thinking.

First off, in the essence of full disclosure, Laura and I have some very dear friends that are pilots and flight attendants for Delta.  As a side note, they are “Flight Attendants” not “Stewardesses”.  Referring to them in the latter will garner you looks as though you are a knuckle dragging Neanderthal.  But back to our friends.  In short, they LOVE Delta.  It is the only airline they have ever worked for and to hear them rave about Delta, I can see why someone would be hesitant to leave.  But what I have a hard time with is someone making $250,000 a year stealing a carton of milk.

What I am assuming is, and we see it every day, many people don’t have a plan for their retirement or in this case, don’t know where the exit doors on the aircraft are.   At some point, we all retire.  Really smart people have a plan.

I am nostalgic, and I remember the many slogans that large companies and corporations had.  My all-time favorite is the one Delta used to have.  In fact, I love it so much that when someone disparages my beloved city of Huntsville, I am quick to tell them “Delta is ready when you are.”  When it’s time to start thinking about your retirement, your exit door, CochranMickels is ready when you are!



Mike Mickels is President of CochranMickels Retirement Specialists and an avid sporting clay competitor. CochranMickels Retirement Specialists provides personalized planning and investment services to individuals approaching and in retirement. They also provide retirement and benefits training to Federal employees. Securities offered through Registered Representatives of Cambridge Investment Research, Inc., a broker-dealer, member FINRA/SIPC. Advisory services offered through Cambridge Investment Research Advisors, Inc, a Registered Investment Advisor. CochranMickels and Cambridge are not affiliated.