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Old 09-06-2010, 06:44 PM   #1
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Terrifying encounter with Florida Law Enforcement

We were leaving DTD last Thursday evening after a thoroughly enjoyable meal at Raglan Road and on our way to DHS to catch the 10:00PM Fantasmic show when we noticed flashing lights in the rear view mirror of our rental car.

My wife was driving and wasn't going that fast so we wondered why we were being pulled over.

What followed was a terrifying encounter with an extremely abusive police officer. Apparently we had driven through a stop sign in DTD. We had no recollection of doing this but according to him there were "hidden stop signs" at DTD and we had to be on the lookout for them. Funny, both my wife and I have been driving for almost 40 years each and neither of us had ever heard of a "hidden stop sign".

My wife apologized and said she hadn't seen the sign (no surprise since it was hidden). Neither of us argued at all but he continually berated her telling her she was going to kill someone. Eventually he let her go with just a warning but at that point we were both pretty shaken up. I had visions of a pistol whipping. In our years of driving we have both only had a couple of traffic tickets and always found the police to be very polite and professional. This guy was a realy piece of work. You can be sure we will be extra careful when driving at DTD in the future.

We can look back on it now and laugh (our 15yr old made a crack about a hidden stop sign on Test Track the next day), but I can tell you it was a pretty awful experience at the time.
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We were leaving DTD last Thursday evening after a thoroughly enjoyable meal at Raglan Road and on our way to DHS to catch the 10:00PM Fantasmic show when we noticed flashing lights in the rear view mirror of our rental car.

My wife was driving and wasn't going that fast so we wondered why we were being pulled over.

What followed was a terrifying encounter with an extremely abusive police officer. Apparently we had driven through a stop sign in DTD. We had no recollection of doing this but according to him there were "hidden stop signs" at DTD and we had to be on the lookout for them. Funny, both my wife and I have been driving for almost 40 years each and neither of us had ever heard of a "hidden stop sign".

My wife apologized and said she hadn't seen the sign (no surprise since it was hidden). Neither of us argued at all but he continually berated her telling her she was going to kill someone. Eventually he let her go with just a warning but at that point we were both pretty shaken up. I had visions of a pistol whipping. In our years of driving we have both only had a couple of traffic tickets and always found the police to be very polite and professional. This guy was a realy piece of work. You can be sure we will be extra careful when driving at DTD in the future.

We can look back on it now and laugh (our 15yr old made a crack about a hidden stop sign on Test Track the next day), but I can tell you it was a pretty awful experience at the time.
Did you go back later to see if you could find the "mysterious" stop sign?
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Old 09-06-2010, 06:53 PM   #3
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Did you go back later to see if you could find the "mysterious" stop sign?
No, I almost suggested it to my wife as we made one last stop at DTD for a breakfast at WPE but though it wouldn't go over too well with her.
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Old 09-06-2010, 07:43 PM   #4
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I hate that parking lot, its very cramped the parking lines are close together and not a lot of room for backing up, its also dark and confusing. Maybe they should make the signs glow in the dark so they stand out more. Sorry to hear about the over the top police officer. Linda
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Old 09-06-2010, 08:44 PM   #5
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I would've gone back to find this sign! That's such a weird story. Was it supposedly in the parking lot? From talking to Disney security, the stop signs in the actual parking lot are on private property, so the cops really can't do anything there. We've had issues in a lot with people never stopping at a sign and were told the same by an actual police officer. It's up to the property to handle. Where did it happen? It's insane that you all were treated that way, too. Somebody in a bad mood just looking to take it out on a tourist maybe? It all seems oddly wrong.
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Wow... that was a cruddy experience. So sorry! What's up with a "hidden" stop sign anyway?? Are they not octagons and red?? Lame.
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