Why do stewardesses call trash “service items”

I was listening to a podcast from the Moth, and on it was a woman who used to be a stewardess (maybe still is?).

She said that when she was being trained, she was told to say “service items” instead of trash. The reason was that some angry flight attendants would go up to people and ostensibly ask for their trash by saying “your trash” as in “would you please give me your trash.” However, “your trash” which is homophonically ambiguous with “you’re trash” and many attendants would intentionally try to evoke the latter meaning.

Isn’t that a gem?


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