Regarding the story on entitlement, [“Captains deal with ‘entitled’ crew attitudes differently,” page A1, October issue] don’t think for one second it’s just on the East Coast. I captain a paddle wheeler on Lake of the Ozarks, Mo. Among the more interesting antidotes from 2014 were the following:
A deckhand demanding the boat come back 15 minutes early to make a doctor’s appointment.
An engineer in the wheelhouse demanding I take a course down a skinny cove because he thought “it was neat”. (He’s gone.)
The dangers are different on inland lakes, but just as prevalent. Crew members can be just as much a hindrance as an asset.
Capt. Ray Bixler