Posted Monday, May 19, 2003 5:37 AM | Contributed by Jeff
A 12-year-old Churchton girl said the person portraying Tweety Bird at Six Flags America in Largo struck her as she and friends were having their photo taken with the character during a school trip on May 10. As Southern Middle schoolers were crowding together to set up the picture, a student standing behind Tweety patted the bird on the head, witnesses said. They said Tweety then lashed out, hitting sixth-grader Karla Davis-Dunn in the side.
In this day and age, I think this reporter did an excellent job on this story. It could have been reported in a number of extremely bad lights, yet the reporter choose to spin it as a humor, yet report both sides of the story fairly. Hmmmm, I wonder if this is the reason why Tweety and Sylvester were seperated this weekend.
When I saw the headline, I thought it was directly from our friends at ARN&R....I guess truth sometimes IS stranger than fiction...;) ------------------ Contents sold by humor, not volume. Some settling of contents may occur during translation...
I was right there with you, BIll. From the headlines page, I too thought it was an ARN&R story...
------------------ --George H ---Superman the ride...coming to a SF park near you soon... Currency tracking experiment... http://www.wheresgeorge.com (Referring to The "George" on the $1 bill - Not Me)
This sort of incident seems to happen more and more now. Some character is seen by people hitting someone else, or someone gets in a scuffle with a character. Those people in the costumes are very hot, and very agitated as is. I'll never forget how many times I saw Mickey take her costume head off and underneath she'd be pouring with sweat. That is enough to make anyone a little testy, especially in warmer weather.
I'm not saying this type of behavior from employees is acceptable, but I truly feel for those people wearing the costumes. They have it pretty rough, even if it doesn't seem like it. Still though, no matter how rough you have it, it is NOT acceptable to hit anyone, especially a kid.
Justin, who saw Tigger attack someone at Disneyland once...
------------------ Never look a gift horse in the mouth, because horses have very bad breath
Obviously, we are all suffering from a lack of facts here. For one thing, no mention is made of the escort. SFA characters are always escorted.
There is of course the possibility that the character was simply trying to recover from being hit on the back of the head. Those heads are heavy and can easily throw you off balance. The character's arms may have flailed simply trying to recover balance or to prevent the head falling off. Remember that characters also have very limited visual fields to see what or who is around them.
Tweety was tapped in the back of the head by a middle school-aged kid. Is anyone buying this? Ever been to a park during 'Unruly F-word' day yourself? Even the chipmunks at VF know it's a good day to stay underground.
Probably the third time he or she got smacked in the neck they decided enough was enough. Poor character actors need two armed guards on those days, if you ask me.
------------------ The CPlaya 100--6 days, 9 parks, 47 coasters, 2037 miles and a winner.....LoCoSuMo.
Definitely not enough info in the article. 'Tapped' and 'Patted' to a childs parents can mean something very different to the person being 'patted'. If I had several sixth graders (who knows how many there were) jumping up and trying to hit me on the head, I'd have to push a couple of them back to get them to stop or at least pause. It disgusts me to see parents let their kidz behave like these characters are there to be treated however disrespectfully their evil little hearts desire. Is there enough information to say who exactly was being assaulted here?
On the other hand . . .
These characters need to develop a thick skin, much like any mall Santa, to put up with some peoples kidz all day long. It's part of being in the service industry. Still, don't they have a right to defend themselves, if necessary? But the idea of hitting a kid out of frustration or anger is despicable. If you choose to take a job that requires you to stand for many hours as the object of teasing by kidz and adults alike, then you need to accept your decision. If you can't take it, quit. It doesn't give you the right to assault someone.
------------------ If I'da thought about it a little longer, I'da spent more time thinking.
Jim, I agree with you, the person was probably just trying to recover from being hit in the back of the head. Or was simply trying to turn around to see who wanted him and accidently turned around too fast and with the limited visability hit the kid. I would have hit her just for hitting me in the back of the head if I was the person in the costume!
This is the kind of thing I'm surprised we haven't seen more often. In today's sue-happy society, I'm amazed these accusations aren't as common as the ball-park frank. But hey, look on the bright side, at least it wasn't Yosemite Sam.
TKGA33, what does Yosemite Same have to do with this? Just curious. Anyway, I too thought this was an ARN&R article. When reading the headline, I even chuckled a bit. :) Oh well, maybe the kids learned a valuable lesson through all of this- "don't mess with Tweety!" ;)
------------------ If at first don't succeed, find out if the loser gets anything.
------------------ --George H ---Currency tracking experiment... http://www.wheresgeorge.com (Referring to The "George" on the $1 bill - Not Me) *** This post was edited by redman822 5/19/2003 4:29:00 PM ***
The Disney characters are trained to make sure both of their hands are visible when they are taking pictures with guests. One hand might be on your shoulder while the other is waving. Why? Some idiots sued claiming they were groped/fondled by a character.