Man banned from Walt Disney World after meth lab joke and room raid

Posted Thursday, September 17, 2015 9:49 AM | Contributed by Jeff

From the article:

He told First Coast News that when he grew impatient with an employee, or cast member as they're called, he joked that he could build a meth lab in his room by the time he could finally get some service. As you might imagine, his joke didn't go over well... Little did he know the "goof" that he thought was innocuous would trigger a middle-of-the-night raid by Orange County Sheriff's deputies and Disney security.

Read more and see video from WTLV/Jacksonville.

Thursday, September 17, 2015 10:18 AM

Complain about my service, will you! I'll show you!

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Thursday, September 17, 2015 10:19 AM

Ye gods. People like this....

He's asking to extend his stay over Labor Day weekend, when, and I'm going out on a limb here, Walt Disney World resorts might have been a little busy and finding a room for him to move to or a reservation that could be moved to a different room would take a some time.

"...don't where it came from." It came out of your brain, buddy. You thought it up. You thought it was a good idea to say it.

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Thursday, September 17, 2015 10:45 AM

I find it absolutely ridiculous at the over reaction and harrasement this guy had over what was obviously a figure of speech. The sheriff's dept. and Disney can't be that stupid, this is simple harrasement because someone got their panties in a bunch over an off the wall comment. This country is turning into a police state pure and simple. Pathetic.

I hope this story goes viral with support for this guy on social media. Both Disney and the sheriff's department deserve a black eye.

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Thursday, September 17, 2015 11:00 AM

I agree. This was obviously handled very wrong.

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Thursday, September 17, 2015 11:13 AM

The guy is a dick, sure, but agreed that this is a pretty extreme overreaction.

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Thursday, September 17, 2015 11:44 AM

If he would have had a home made clock in his room I could understand the police raid.

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Thursday, September 17, 2015 12:13 PM

It's a good thing his name wasn't Muhammad...

And this level of overreaction is becoming much too common. We actually had a complaint about one of our employees as they "chuckled and made a comment" in response to a lady putting an excess amount of salt on her popcorn.

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Thursday, September 17, 2015 12:56 PM

I think he did it on purpose so now he can get a lawyer and its easy money. Disney will settle this quietly so they don't get any bad publicity.

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Thursday, September 17, 2015 1:09 PM

So you think he knew, when he made a tongue-in-cheek joke about a meth lab, that the hotel would send a SWAT team to his room in the dark of night, thus allowing him to sue and see a big payday?

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Thursday, September 17, 2015 1:45 PM

bigboy said:

So you think he knew, when he made a tongue-in-cheek joke about a meth lab, that the hotel would send a SWAT team to his room in the dark of night, thus allowing him to sue and see a big payday?

yes, and if you think this person isn't suing your crazy. Lawyers would love to have this case because its easy money unless this person really does own a meth lab or meth was seized from the hotel room.

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Thursday, September 17, 2015 2:46 PM

Does anyone see a hint of irony here? ^

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Thursday, September 17, 2015 3:04 PM

gamerguy said:

yes, and if you think this person isn't suing your crazy.

Isn't suing my crazy what?

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Thursday, September 17, 2015 3:21 PM

I said I was running a MATH lab!

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Thursday, September 17, 2015 3:23 PM

I get that there's a good chance the guy will sue, but thinking that makes it part of some premeditated scheme is a little odd. That's a pretty far fetched way to get rich quick. All it takes to throw it off is a clerk with a sense of humor or a few other people involved thinking rationally.

Last edited by bigboy, Thursday, September 17, 2015 3:24 PM
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Thursday, September 17, 2015 3:37 PM

Three points to consider:

1. We are hearing one side of the story here.

2. From a liability standpoint, imagine if he really was doing something bad and it went ka-boom. Next it comes out that he mentioned something to an employee in advance. Where does that leave Disney? There might very well be a "zero tolerance" policy for this at the resort, similar to TSA regulations.

3. If he thinks contacting media outlets and drawing more attention to this story will lead Disney to reconsider and forgive him, I suspect he may be disappointed.

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Thursday, September 17, 2015 3:43 PM

I think the first step in this process should have been to send one or two (most likely unarmed) security guards to do a quick room check. Only then, if there's trouble, do you call in a full-on armed police raid.

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Thursday, September 17, 2015 4:22 PM

There has to be more to the story. What's reported there, it just doesn't make sense to me.

It doesn't make sense that security or police would be called hours after his "goof", not at the time. As Tommytheduck notes, a couple of security guards dispatched to the room at the time would be a reasonable response.

It doesn't make sense that a raid, disturbing other guests on the floor, would be done based on an hours-earlier outburst.

It doesn't make sense that someone would be banned from the property based on only a "goof".

It's that late night raid that I keep coming back to. Mr Swindler had to have done something, hours after his "goof" or later in the night, that caused the resort to determine a police raid -- officers moving through hotel halls, waking guests -- the best response.

Edit to note: the Orlando Sentinel reports that, on their first day at the resort, he called the front desk to complain about a smell. He later called back to ask about extending their stay by one day, he says he was on hold for 15 minutes so he hung up and called back. It makes even less sense to me that the police would be called in the middle of the night because of something he said on the phone.

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Thursday, September 17, 2015 11:10 PM

Lets face it. This guy has a legitimate law suit. Whether he purposely said that for that reason or not is another story.

Our country has decayed to the point where we are no longer a free society. They just try to make us think we are free.

Our news is fed to us, and if you ever notice it's always about people getting shot and negative stories like that. Why? To disarm the country. Take our rights away. Slowly but surely.

I am just glad I won't be around to see the worse. I feel bad for our kids and generations after. It's not going to be great when our country turns into a police state.

Who'll visit Disney then?

Last edited by Coasterfantom2, Thursday, September 17, 2015 11:11 PM
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Thursday, September 17, 2015 11:28 PM

Coasterfantom2 said:

This guy has a legitimate law suit. Whether he purposely said that for that reason or not is another story.

I disagree. The response is hugely disproportionate to what he said, which suggests to me that what he said isn't the whole story.

Our country has decayed to the point where we are no longer a free society.

He says, living in a country where he can say something like that without fear of repercussion from the government.

Our news is fed to us...

May I introduce you to the Internet? If your news is being "fed" to you, it's because you're too lazy to expend a few clicks.

...and if you ever notice it's always about people getting shot and negative stories like that.

People not getting shot isn't news. Planes landing safely isn't news. Folks driving down the expressway without crashing isn't news. No one dying from food poisoning isn't news. Hunters hunting and shooting deer, not people, isn't news. Doctor's patients not dying isn't news. Boats not sinking isn't news.

News, most of the time, by definition, is something negative happening.

Why? To disarm the country. Take our rights away. Slowly but surely.

That seems to have backfired, considering how heavily armed Americans are. How are your rights being taken away? As an American you enjoy a range of rights that are the envy of people around the world.

...you are an American, aren't you?

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