In her newspaper column, Margaret Grey annually predicts how many people will die nationally from traffic accidents on Labor Day weekend. She is paid a bonus by the Dicklin Syndicate, the company that syndicates her column, if she comes within 10 or 20 because giving out accurate information means more subscribers and readers. But last year Margaret overshot the real number, predicting 600 when the actual number was closer to 500. Margaret tells Phil and his audience that while she doesn’t want people to die she is predicting 600 again this year and she wants the number reported accurately, not held down by MADD because it helps them get funding. And she wants Americans to quit dreaming and get back to driving the way they usually do…drunk and reckless.
The following hour Phil is joined by Channel 19 news anchor Don Berman who talks with Phil about a series of specials planned on the Channel 19 news called “Stand Up For Yourself.” The series shows instances where typical Americans insisted on fair treatment from a business and includes a segment featuring Don himself. Don felt he “stood up for himself” when he got a waitress suspended without pay for two weeks because she brought him a Rueben sandwich with the words “And you must be the one with the extra cheese.” Don says he detected sarcasm in her voice, as in “Here you go fatso, here’s your extra cheese.” Don added it was also tough for him eating clam chowder while listening to the woman’s autistic child “bellowing in a corner.”