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Justin Bieber is a fabulously wealthy man, and his job requires him to travel extensively. Because of those two facts, he’s more than familiar with the process of renting a private plane, but even with all that experience, he wasn’t exactly an ideal customer yesterday.
According to TMZ, the Biebs rented the private jet in order to fly from Miami to Burbank. 11 AM was chosen as the scheduled departure time, but long story short, Bieber did not arrive on time. In fact, he reportedly didn’t roll in for several hours before he finally showed up and told the pilot it would be a few more hours because he needed to get to West Palm Beach to pick up a monkey. Was it the same monkey he once left in Europe? Maybe. Maybe not. Regardless, he rented a separate helicopter via another service to chopper him into West Palm Beach, and eventually, he was able to take off, some six hours or so after he was originally scheduled to leave.
No one has ever accused the pop star of not paying his debts. Therefore, there’s no reason to think the pilot wasn’t compensated handsomely for all of the extra time he spent just hanging out on the runway, but even so, this whole mess still stinks of irresponsibility and selfishness. Tardiness happens, but being wildly late to a commitment involving other people, even if you’re willing to pay them, is just poor form.
People always ask why, if Bieber has been bombarded by so much negative press, he wouldn’t simply change his behavior for awhile in order to stay out of the tabloids. Well, the truth is that life is filled with far more gray areas than that. There’s no way Bieber woke up yesterday morning with the sole intention of being a dick. What probably happened is he woke up a little late, realized he needed to get his monkey and traffic was horrible. So, he rented a helicopter in an effort to speed the situation up. Since, leaving his monkey again would have likely only generated more negative headlines, he probably thought what happened was his best course of action, even though it was ultimately thoughtless and irresponsible, if the story really played out as it’s been reported elsewhere in the press.
Instead of actively trying to avoid bad press, what Justin needs to do is simply think about consequences further ahead of time, or he needs to surround himself with an advisor/ confidant who is more willing to play the responsible, buzzkill nag when such a role is needed and ultimately in everyone’s best interests.
Here’s to hoping this is the last time the Biebs misplaces his beloved monkey.