Disney Employees Speak Out About Harassment Over Masks

Disney Employees Are Being Harassed & Spat On By Guests Because ‘Merica

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Disney has a mandatory mask policy and some people who don’t like it are feeling free to be horrible to park employees

Disney World cast members are speaking out after being repeatedly spit on, yelled at, and harassed for doing their job enforcing COVID-19 safety guidelines that are mandatory for entering its parks.

In a report published by the Orlando Sentinel, a Disney security guard stationed at its Contemporary Resort hotel said they reminded a guest before he walked in that he needed to put his mask on. The male guest (who was not identified by name) reportedly told the guard, “I’m a guest,” and asked the guard to leave him alone. He then spat on the guard, leaving his salvia on the guard’s forehead. How nice.

They added that the man then “hurried inside the hotel” where he entered an elevator bank and disappeared. He was never identified.

Another man, Stephen Johnson, drunkenly yelled at a firefighter who was helping his injured wife after the firefighter told him to put on a mask. Johnson then threatened to kill the sheriff’s deputy and took his gun. He was charged with “battery of a law enforcement officer, assault on a law enforcement officer, resisting an officer with violence and disorderly intoxication.”

Allen Beltran, another guest, was charged with disorderly intoxication and resisting an officer without violence for pulling his mask off and trying to get into people’s faces at Disney Springs in early January, according to the newspaper.

At the Walt Disney World resort in Orlando, guests must comply with safety protocols during their stay, including wearing a face mask at the resort’s four theme parks — Magic Kingdom Park, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom — as well as in any of its resorts. This is not a secret, it’s plainly laid out for guests before they walk into any location. If you’re going to travel mid-pandemic, rules must be followed.

In fact, Disney recently updated their policy, saying that guests over two years of age must be wearing a face covering while “standing, waiting or sitting in dining locations” and at all times unless they are “actively eating or drinking.” If you can’t follow the policies set out to keep every person safe, perhaps you should stay home?

“There’s never a day when I don’t have a story,” an employee, who works at Disney Springs parking garages, told the Sentinel. “I cried the first week I started. It was not a good time at all. Imagine going to work every single day where people ridicule you. I’ve had a guest literally get right up in my face and literally curse me out. If I honestly didn’t have good coworkers, I would have already quit by now.”

So, let me get this straight. The park employees are doing their job. A job, which, if they refused to do it, means the parks won’t open. This means you and your maskless family can’t then walk around eating meat on sticks and talking about personal freedoms while spitting in people’s faces. Cool. Cool.

“Millions of guests visit our theme parks each year, and in rare instances when things of this nature occur, we hold them accountable,” Disney spokesperson Andrea Finger said.

As they should.