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lucky1
03-02-2009, 09:42 PM
Yesterday morning when leaving DL through DTD about 9:30am, there was a young boy of 8 or 9 in the fountain that is opposite La Brea bakery and an older gentleman, that we assumed was his grandfather. The boy had a stick and was digging the coins out of the fountain slots and pocketing them. DH made a comment to them, but didn't seem to faze them. We never saw a DLR Security on our way out to let them know.

Should we have done something else?

DisneyJenn18
03-02-2009, 09:45 PM
geez are people that hard up to steal other peoples wishes? That's just wrong! I would have made a louder comment if they didn't hear the first one....:confused3

Stacerita
03-02-2009, 09:46 PM
Some people :sad2:

bonita_babe232
03-02-2009, 09:50 PM
maybe they wanted 2 turkey legs but could only afford one :lmao: ........ i might do the same thing some of those load fries from test poilets was involved lol :thumbsup2 ..... Noo i'm just kidding.... thats pretty bad to have the kid doing it at disneyland of all places..... they should go to the mall next time lol

pixiewings71
03-02-2009, 10:08 PM
Wha?????????? That's just wrong....

Mike_M
03-02-2009, 10:13 PM
It's bad luck to rob a wishing fountain. :scared:

SANDIEGOFAN
03-02-2009, 10:26 PM
Rats! I threw a coin in there last time I visited - there goes my lotto win.

Sherwin
03-02-2009, 10:39 PM
Well, what goes around comes around. 8 or 9 is a mature enough age to tell what's right or wrong. But I am surprised the grandfather didn't do anything.

Krissy Marissy
03-02-2009, 10:59 PM
Ugh people like that make me sick :sad2:

mechurchlady
03-02-2009, 11:27 PM
At DCA I was waiting for Calvin to exit the restroom. There is a fountain in front of the bathrooms that has a block wall around it. I watched a man pick out the coins and hand them to his daughter. The scary part was that the kid was walking around that wet wall tossing the coins back into the fountain.

I so wanted to say something but he was speaking a foreign language and it is up to security to remove kids from the fountain. Perish the thought of someone hacking a spit ball into the fountain or other things in the water.

Maybe they needed money to get into the park. Sad to see such things in parks. Maybe it was a form of protest off of Disney making money from wishing wells, lol.:lmao:

erdons
03-02-2009, 11:36 PM
wow, what a shame....

Belle Ella
03-02-2009, 11:38 PM
Wow, that's really sad. And nobody else spoke up about it? That's pretty sad too.

fairycat
03-03-2009, 01:46 AM
I thought Disney donated all the fountain coins to charity???

That is a sucky thing to do no matter what.

mechurchlady
03-03-2009, 02:23 AM
I thought Disney donated all the fountain coins to charity???

That is a sucky thing to do no matter what.
http://www.mouseplanet.com/karl/well.htm

Yes, they do donate wishing well money to charity.

www.heartofvariety.com%2FHOV_ISSUE2%2F1_10.pdf&ei=nOSsSZuAKZm0sQO-v8zMBA&usg=AFQjCNEDbSAZSMradnzT1lnZPWoXuPyo0Q&sig2=G2EWmwGnxddAcTL1YjI27Q
Variety's newsletter verifying that they used to get money from the wishing well.

Tasscrapper
03-03-2009, 09:23 AM
Wow I didn't know they donated the money to charity. Cool tidbit.

Jennifer03
03-04-2009, 02:56 PM
Wow, I can't believe someone would do that. :sad2:

olivejuice
04-02-2009, 02:14 PM
well I personally wouldn't mind if a couple of pennies I threw in there goes toward a kid having enough money to eat. Its sad. Its not right, but if they are so hard up that they have to steal change from fountians, that I just threw away. I dont mind. It would be a different situation if the kid and grandparent were vacationing there and had money, that would be wrong.

lntsmom
04-02-2009, 05:31 PM
Not meaning to start anything here, but I wouldn't give them the benefit of the doubt. If you can afford to go to Disneyland, you shouldn't be digging money out of the fountains. If you can't afford to eat and have Disney AP's you need to eBay them. Wants vs. Needs

Personally, I'd figure it was a wahoo and his great-wahoo out being idiots.

ratherbe@disneyland
04-02-2009, 05:40 PM
That is sad. I see a lot of parenting done that way now though, sit by and don't care.
I did this one time at the mall when I was young. My brother and I got bags and filled them up. We took them to my dad who was in a store, and he promptly made us dump it all back in. So I learned it was wrong. Sometimes kids just don't know, but the grandfather should have said something, that would have been a valuable lesson down the road.

magicallyDisney001
04-02-2009, 09:46 PM
What? That is just awful. I'd understand more for the kid, (although he really should know better) but the grandfather? Ridiculous. :sad2:

I think Disney should have a little sign or plaque on or near the fountain saying "Disney donates all wishing well money to charity. Please do not collect coins from the fountains." Hopefully that would at least let people know that they would be stealing from charities. :confused3

indiesgirl4ever
04-07-2009, 08:12 PM
i didnt know that disney donated the money to charity cool! thats just sad, I mena really and the grandfather just sits there? I guess thats why I didn't win the disney vacation like I wished for when I through my coin in the exact fountain :/ oh well.

soon2bmrs87
04-24-2009, 07:10 PM
That was wrong for them to do, but unless they're doing something that's disrupting other guests Disneyland security cant really do anything to make them stop. Cast Members cant really do anything to make them stop either since its not part of their job to.

mechurchlady
04-25-2009, 02:40 AM
Actually the Cast Member can ask them to stop stealing money and to get out of the fountain. Failure to do that will be a call to security and if necessary the local law enforcement. Disney owns them coin collecting things and the property they are on as well as the coins. It is stealing from Disney thus Disney can have the person jailed for theft, passes revoked, and park eviction a in escorted to Harbour Blvd or at least out of the park.

it depends on the CMs who sees the theft in progress and if they care as well as if they can do anything at the time.

soon2bmrs87
04-26-2009, 05:21 AM
You're right, they could call security and security could call the cops but if what they're taking is under $250 they wont go to jail, they'll be forced to give the money back and leave the park. And most likely go to court. But that's about it.

mechurchlady
04-26-2009, 05:27 AM
Actually jail time still could happen if the grandfather was charged with aiding and abetting a minor in crimes and the delinquincy of the minor. also child protective services would be called in since the grandfather was not a fit guardian for the child. A whole can of stinky worms for the grandfather or whatever that dude was to the kid.

I will wait for the legal experts to hypothesis on what could happen in a worse case scenario.

soon2bmrs87
04-26-2009, 05:32 AM
The park I worked at had a similar situation last summer. Both the kid and his father were handcuffed but since the money they stole was under $250, they were banned from the park and we got the money back. My department dealt with all the money that comes into the park I worked at and my boyfriend's department did the arresting.