[top10]Nut rage got poor little rich girl in troubleCho Hyun-ah was a vice president of Korean Air Lines (KAL) in charge of cabin services. She was expected to have an eye for detail. On the morning of Dec. 5, as KAL Flight 86 to Incheon was pulling away from a gate at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York, Cho, 40, was given a bag of macadamia nuts by a flight attendant. She pointed out that in first class, nuts should be presented on a plate or in a bowl. The purser intervened, an argument ensued and Cho ordered the plane back to the gate for the purser to be ejected.
Instead of being named Meticulous Boss of the Year, Cho was widely condemned as Korea’s Queen of Mean. That’s because she’s the eldest daughter of Cho Yang-ho, Chairman of Hanjin Group, which owns KAL, and Koreans like nothing more than hating the families that control the chaebol, especially when they flaunt their nepotism with bad behavior. Cho resigned all her positions in the company and is being investigated in Korea for possible violations of aviation safety laws. Her tirade on the tarmac only delayed Flight 86 11 minutes. It may put her in jail for one to 10 years.