Monday, October 18, 2010


You'll notice that the wife had a hijab on too. Even the disgracefully dhimmified Orlando Sentinel had to admit what happened, yet they claim that the bus driver was "put on paid leave" even though he didn't commit a violent attack (Hat tip: Atlas Shrugs):
A Walt Disney World Resort bus driver has been placed on paid leave after a physical confrontation between the driver and a guest that was captured on video and uploaded to YouTube.com.

In the video, which the YouTube poster says was shot at Disney's Hollywood Studios, a person shoves and chokes the driver of the bus in what appears to be an unprovoked attack.

According to the video description, the would-be passenger in the video was upset when the driver told him that he and his family would have to wait for another bus to take them to Epcot.

The description says the video starts in the middle of the incident, missing "the most intense part of this fight."

From the video description: "A man and his wife with her baby were waiting for the bus. There wasn't enough room on the bus so the bus driver told them he would call another one. The man was enraged and threw the baby at the bus driver. The woman got her baby and moved back away from them."

That's when the unknown cameraman started recording, the description says, capturing a brief flurry of shoving, and the passenger putting his hands around the bus driver's throat.

In the video, screams can be heard from the crowded area when the confrontation escalates. Several people in the area call for security.

After the two men are separated, the would-be passenger tells a security officer that the bus driver was blocking him and his wife from getting on.

"He see me, I was waiting here … and he tried to block me" the man says in the video. "He let everyone passing through get in first before us."

As the bus driver begins to tell his side of the story, the man interrupts. "We have a baby, you know," he says. "We're supposed to get the priorities."

A Disney spokeswoman said the bus driver had been placed on paid leave while the company reviews the incident.
Oh? If the following posting on one of the Disney company's forums is any indication, that wasn't what happened at all:
I work for bus operations and the entire incident was caught on the security cameras. Every load zone has a high def camera that sees the bus and load zone. We can actually zoom in with the cameras and read the drivers name and his hometown on his name tag on their uniform. Also in the video one of the gentleman on the bus, {I wont identify him} was one of our plain clothes security officers and was in the load zone at the time and witnessed the attack. Security was called along with the OCSO,and yes it took them a few minutes to get to him. This was because the bus was in load zone C7 which is in the charter bus lot and away from the regular Resort load zones near the entrance to Hollywood Studios. If you watch the video closely you will see flashing red and blue lights illuminating the side off the bus. When the wife saw them pull up the wife took off, and tried to hide in the crowd, and left her child with the husband. Other guests identified her to security. They were then removed from the bus and load zone and taken backstage. The gentleman was then arrested and handcuffed for assault on the driver. He is also facing charges for Terrorist threat due to the assault happening on the bus, and public endangerment. They were also ejected from the resort they were staying at,and trespassed from Walt Disney World property. They will not be returning to the Happiest Place on Earth ever again. Also everyone will be happy to hear the driver was not reprimanded for the incident, and continued with his job that evening. I actually saw and talked to him last night and he is doing fine.

Also forgot to add copy of the security tape was provided to the OCSO, they are in turn forwarding it to the state attorney for possible further charges of Felony child neglect and endangerment.
And explaining the terrorism charge:
Our buses are Federal DOT Regulated just like Airplanes and Trains. It carries the same charge as if you attacked a flight crew on an airplane in flight!!! It may not stick but he was still charged with it.
That might be the case with many bus companies around the USA too.

What makes this case particularly horrific is how the man endangered his own offspring by throwing him/her at the driver. They most definitely should NOT be allowed to ever enter the entertainment park zone in Orlando ever again. And why is the Orlando Sentinel saying the driver was put on leave for something that wasn't his fault? That is just dumb.


jwenting said...

I believe putting an employee on paid leave when investigating any incident involving them is standard policy at Disney, they would just have been following the rulebook.

Of course in this case that leave probably only lasted a few hours, if that long, until the security tapes and testimony had been reviewed.

Being a company that prides itself on customer service and especially providing service to families with small children, I think that's a good policy and also prevents any possible lawsuits about someone who's unhappy with service "by someone under internal investigation which possibly endangers my babies".

Always On Watch said...

Isn't that baby a girl?

I can't imagine that any Moslem father would throw his son.