Universal Orlando Halloween actor says he was kicked in the face, workers say they tire of guest harassment

Posted Wednesday, October 28, 2015 8:03 AM | Contributed by Jeff

A scare actor at Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights complained to police over the weekend that a visitor kicked him in the face. The Orlando Police Department said in a report filed Monday it plans to ask the state attorney's office to file a battery charge against the guest, Brandon Keaton Brown of Fort Myers. Scare actor William Gailit escorted Brown out of a haunted house Saturday night, telling police he'd been kicked. Social media reports suggest a number of employees have quit for harassment by guests.

Read more from The Orlando Sentinel.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015 8:18 AM

On one hand, I'm surprised that this is (allegedly) a growing problem, if only because the ever increasing price of the event implies a "better" crowd. On the other hand, it sure is a big crowd.

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Wednesday, October 28, 2015 1:42 PM

Yes, and at those prices I'm kicking whoever I want.
<|:^)

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Wednesday, October 28, 2015 2:28 PM

I wish that was a security theater wander at Cedar Point instead.

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Wednesday, October 28, 2015 3:00 PM

Jeff said:

...implies a "better" crowd.

Yeah. Problem is everybody is jerks now.

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Wednesday, October 28, 2015 3:37 PM

Lord Gonchar said:

Yeah. Problem is everybody is whores now.

FIFY

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Wednesday, October 28, 2015 4:00 PM

Being a whore is so 2014.

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Wednesday, October 28, 2015 5:31 PM

Thabto said:
I wish that was a security theater wander at Cedar Point instead.

You wish someone paid to do their job gets kicked in the face? Maybe you should be kicked in the face to see how it feels first.

I'll volunteer to do it first.

Last edited by Tekwardo, Wednesday, October 28, 2015 5:32 PM
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Wednesday, October 28, 2015 9:39 PM

Universal hates poor people. And kicky people.

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Thursday, October 29, 2015 12:17 AM

Having more money doesn't mean that the person is of a higher moral class. I am reminded of the movie The Purge. "Daddy! I want to kick a monster in the face. You promised that I could! I want to now, Daddy!"

I had the awesome opportunity to work at a haunt at Universal in 2001. I got assaulted many times. Sometimes a customer accidentally hurt me, and that was forgivable. However, I was surprised, even way back then, at the amount of people willing to fight back after I scared them. Universal even taught the actors to quickly back away directly after the scare to keep from getting punched.

The worst incident at Universal was when a drunk chick slinked up to me, sexy-like, and squeezed my balls. After I told the police at the exit about it, I'm pretty sure she got kicked out.

I've been involved in dozens of haunts over my lifetime, some small, some big, some pro, and even some at theme parks like Cedar Point and Universal. Universal noticeably had the worst, and most offenders. Universal also had the biggest security and police team of all the haunts I have been too.

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Thursday, October 29, 2015 12:27 AM

Sooooo,
Just to make sure I got that right, that was a complaint about the sexy girl ball squeezing?

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Thursday, October 29, 2015 1:00 AM

I guess the whore squeezed a little too hard.

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Thursday, October 29, 2015 9:40 AM

Toro Padre said:

Sooooo,
Just to make sure I got that right, that was a complaint about the sexy girl ball squeezing?

You must be new around here...

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Thursday, October 29, 2015 11:59 AM

TPU mulls over whether Universal should stop selling alcohol during HHN. I thought he raised some interesting points to consider.

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Thursday, October 29, 2015 12:21 PM

Seriously, you can't expect people to not 'verbally abuse' you. But they shouldn't be touching the actors.

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Thursday, October 29, 2015 12:37 PM

The sale of alcohol has little to do with guests being assholes. Any ride operator anywhere can tell you perfectly sober people are not any better.

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Thursday, October 29, 2015 4:21 PM

But alcohol does turn regular assholes into much bigger assholes.

(yes, I realize I'm generalizing here, but I believe there's at least a nugget of truth to it.)

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Thursday, October 29, 2015 6:08 PM

I think it's a fair generalization.

Given any random group in any random situation, I believe there's more potential for asshattery if there's alcohol involved than if there isn't.

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Thursday, October 29, 2015 8:16 PM

While I don't think alcohol is the main contributing factor, I would not be surprised to see some things modified next year in how they sell alcohol during the event (i.e. no more selling it in the lines).

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Thursday, October 29, 2015 11:22 PM

Toro Padre said:

Sooooo,
Just to make sure I got that right, that was a complaint about the sexy girl ball squeezing?

Okay. Think about a person you would be attracted to. Than erase that and think of the opposite sex of that person. Now think of this person slinking up to you, stinking drunk, and reaching down to grab whatever you have between your legs.

At this point you may or may not be, depending on how bisexual you are, thinking, "Ewww! Gross!"

Now to finish this exercise in flexing your imagination, think about this person going for your balls, and giving them a firm, violent, painful squeeze.

That's probably one of the last things you would want to happen to you, unless you're into that kind of thing.

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