Posted Monday, January 8, 2007 9:21 AM | Contributed by supermandl
A Walt Disney World employee dressed as the character "Tigger" was accused of hitting a child while posing for a photo, a spokeswoman for the theme park said Saturday. Park officials temporarily suspended Michael J. Fedelem while they investigate the accusations. The father supplied a video tape of the incident.
We see these stories all the time. Will they ever get old? I laugh every time like it's a good fart joke! By the way...Tigger giving an arm bar was one of the better lines CB has seen in a long time! I think the line was meant in humor...but if heartfelt...it is even funnier.
I dont see how this at all could be investigated as an assualt!! To assault someone you have to do it intentionally, and where in the video does it show that Tigger just punched the boy?? Jeff has it right on the money in rregards to what happened. This is another case of a sue happy family going to the police and media for attention beofre they threaten to sue disneym knowing they will get something as disney doesnt want any more bad PR than they are already getting.
I just saw a interview with the kid, his father and their attorney. They said they decided to bring the kid to the hospital afterwards to check him out, and the kid is claiming his neck hurts now and that he is taking medicine for the pain.
The kid was obviously not hurt by the "punch" in the video. They are really fishing for money.
This whole thing is so stupid it is funny. When you look at the video, it appears the kid has his arm behind Tigger and is doing something behind his back. I wonder if he was pulling on his tail or trying to knock his costume head forward. Still Tigger over reacted and should not have struck back. It did look like Tigger hit the kid in the face. Where was the other Disney employee who is supposed to be supervising and controlling the crowds with the characters? Even though Tigger should not have pushed the kid, the family should have let it go at that. Hiring an attorney? Taking the kid for medical attention? COME ON! I run an ER. If that kid had shown up in my ER, I would have put a 24-hour hold on him, called Tigger to the ER, and let Tigger give him a real *****-slapping. If they're going to sue Disney, you might as well let Tigger get his money's worth!
^And I believe the family is starting to realize this, possibly by being informed from an attorney. Now all they want is an apology from Disney.
Seems the possibility of getting money is now out and they are just trying to save face and not look money hungry .
Watched the vid a few times and that kid was definitely doing something to the Tigger suit from behind. The reaction of the guy playing Tigger did nothing serious to him. If he wanted to deck the kid, that kid would have lost balance and fell.
I watched the video and it was a gentle slap at best. No red marks on the kid at all. The parents over-reacted and saw dollar signs when they saw this playful slap. I agree sws, I would taken the kid out back and gave him something to sue over. There was no need to call in a lawyer and go through all of this. Just like in the last suite a year or so ago, where they claimed that Tigger gropped a young lady.
What cracks me up, is the fact that the dad took the teen to the hospital. You have got to be kidding me. Tigger more or less, just bumped into the teen. So every time he bumps into someone he rushes his kid to the hospital? What a p*$$*!3.