Won't somebody please think of the children? Ian Poulter went all Helen Lovejoy on Friday when he moaned that British Airways had downgraded his nanny from business class for her flight back home, plunging his wife into a mid-flight crisis.
— Mark Douglas (@MsiDouglas) August 8, 2014
"Katie has no help for 10 hours with 4 kids," the flamboyant Poulter moaned on Twitter. The responses were not sympathetic.
@IanJamesPoulter haha, some single mums aren't lucky enough to have a nanny. Or fly business class.— Joe Walker (@JoeWalker17) August 8, 2014
@IanJamesPoulter should have flown private cheapskate— David O'Neill (@daveirl) August 8, 2014
— Rav Garcha (@ravgarcha) August 8, 2014
@IanJamesPoulter That news is just terrible Ian. I hope those 4 kids don't suffer too much like those in Gaza. How awful for the family.— the brigadier (@thebrigadier1) August 8, 2014
To Poulter's credit, perhaps, the multimillionaire golfer stood by his original tweet, even in the face of the growing firestorm.
It looks like I'm being a stuck up nob. But what is wrong with getting what you have paid for. I ordered a steak. Sorry you can have tomato.— Ian Poulter (@IanJamesPoulter) August 8, 2014
I don't see what the problem is. I work as hard as everyone else to provide the best for my family. So I can share my opinion. #Thankyou— Ian Poulter (@IanJamesPoulter) August 8, 2014
Just making a point. @British_Airways you might not get what you pay for. Why sell something then say you can't have it after it's paid.— Ian Poulter (@IanJamesPoulter) August 8, 2014
I wonder how many people that responded have complained when they haven't received something that they have paid for #Hypocriticaltweet haha— Ian Poulter (@IanJamesPoulter) August 8, 2014
Not sure if you liked my wording on original tweet. Hahaha probably didn't come across as it could have. Oh well some things never change.— Ian Poulter (@IanJamesPoulter) August 8, 2014
Know for his rather colourful outfits, the Twitter profile picture of the self-proclaimed 'massive Arsenal fan' featuring not one, or two, but six outrageously expensive Ferrari sportscars probably didn't help his calls for sympathy.