Disney World Tourist's Defense: the Prices

Visitor objected to trespassing arrest after refusing temperature check
By Bob Cronin,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 4, 2021 12:30 PM CDT
Trespassing Defense at Disney World: I Paid $15K
A family walks past Cinderella Castle in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World in December in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.   (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel via AP, File)

Kelly Sills spent a lot of money on his Disney World vacation last month, but he wasn't interested in the complimentary temperature check. He was stopped after skipping a temperature screening tent, part of the park's coronavirus protocols, the Orlando Sentinel reports. Sills was asked to go back to the tent but refused, the arrest reports says, and wouldn't leave the park when asked. "I paid $15,000," video shows Sills saying as he was being handcuffed. " You can’t trespass me for paying $15,000." He's now pleaded not guilty to a trespassing charge.

On second thought, Sills showed interest in his current temperature, per the Tampa Bay Times. "Will you take my temperature before you kick me out, please?" he asked as he was being taken away. "They’ll do that in jail, sir," a deputy apparently said. "Well, that's good," Sills answered. There have been other arrests after visitors balked at the park's coronavirus rules, which include masks and social distancing. Another arrest report said a man spit on a security guard after being asked to cover his face. A Disney World spokeswoman said the park holds guests accountable when such things happen. (More Disney World stories.)

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