Disney World guest who was handcuffed for refusing a COVID-19 temperature check told sheriffs he had spent too much money at the resort to be arrested

Nabas

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For those who might have missed this:

Florida: Disney World Guest Who Refused COVID-19 Check, Handcuffed (insider.com)

Joshua Zitser
4 hours ago

  • A Disney World guest was arrested after refusing to comply with COVID-19 safety protocols.
  • While handcuffed, he boasted to sheriffs about how much he had paid to visit the resort.
  • The Louisiana tourist claimed that he shouldn't be arrested because he had spent $15,000 at the park.
A Walt Disney World guest was arrested and charged with trespassing after refusing to get his temperature screened, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Office.

While handcuffed, the Louisiana tourist tried to convince law enforcement officers that he had paid too much to be arrested.

"I paid $15,000. You can't trespass me for paying $15,000," Kelly Sills, who was staying at Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa, said in a video seen by the Tampa Bay Times.

The troublesome guest also claimed to be a stockholder while pleading with sheriffs, Orlando Weekly reported.

The Baton Rouge resident was apprehended by sheriffs and Disney staff after skipping a mandatory temperature check outside The Boathouse restaurant at Disney Springs, according to a police report.

Temperature screening and mask-wearing are required for all guests and employees at Disney World, Insider previously reported.

Sills initially refused a temperature check but, upon being handcuffed and escorted out of the park, asked to go ahead with the COVID-19 protocol. "Will you take my temperature before you kick me out, please?" Sills said, according to video footage seen by the Tampa Bay Times.

"They'll do that in jail, sir," a deputy replied.

A deputy then told Sills that he was on a "private property" and was trespassing.

"I spent $15,000," Sills said in the video multiple times.

At one point, as part of his pleading, he claimed to be a stockholder in Disney. "Do you know how much stock I own in Disney?" Sills said, according to a video seen by Orlando Weekly.

He eventually cooperated with law enforcement, reported the Orlando Sentinel.

Sills has since pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor trespassing charge, according to court records seen by The Washington Post.

Disney World employees have detailed experiencing harassment from guests when trying to enforce COVID-19 safety protocols. An unnamed security guard at a hotel in the Florida resort said that he was spat on when reminding a guest to wear a mask, Insider reported in March.
 

princesscinderella

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We were walking from BLT to MK yesterday and we stopped for a minute to chat with the security check guards as it was late afternoon and there was no one there. While taking to them one shouted to the others we’ve got a runner 😂. It was a family trying to cross the road where all the MK buses come in from where they were waiting at the bus stops. The guards were yelling at them to go back to the bus stops and the guy yelled back at them “I’m not going back”. They quickly surrounded the guy, his wife and daughter. We didn’t stick around to see it play out but were so surprised how rude the guest was to the security guards. What happened to people doing the right thing instead of whatever the heck they want.
 

DLgal

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Why do they keep referencing "the park" if he was arrested at Disney Springs for failing to comply with the Boathouse temperature check? The Boathouse isn't even a Disney owned restaurant. Seems he was trespassed by the Boathouse and that is who called the cops.

And poor guy paid $15,000 to stay at Saratoga Springs? I hope that was his DVC purchase, because otherwise yikes. He could have done better than SS.

At least it sounds like he can afford bail.
 
  • fla4fun

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    Why do they keep referencing "the park" if he was arrested at Disney Springs for failing to comply with the Boathouse temperature check? The Boathouse isn't even a Disney owned restaurant. Seems he was trespassed by the Boathouse and that is who called the cops.

    And poor guy paid $15,000 to stay at Saratoga Springs? I hope that was his DVC purchase, because otherwise yikes. He could have done better than SS.

    At least it sounds like he can afford bail.
    The article I read said he bypassed the temp check to enter DS and was caught near the Boathouse. So it sounded like it was a Disney violation, provided the article was accurate.
     

    HiStitch626

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    That was the impression I got also. I thought part of the reason for the temp checks to get into DS was so that individual businesses did not have to do them.
     

    Fido Chuckwagon

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    Why do they keep referencing "the park" if he was arrested at Disney Springs for failing to comply with the Boathouse temperature check? The Boathouse isn't even a Disney owned restaurant. Seems he was trespassed by the Boathouse and that is who called the cops.

    And poor guy paid $15,000 to stay at Saratoga Springs? I hope that was his DVC purchase, because otherwise yikes. He could have done better than SS.

    At least it sounds like he can afford bail.
    Cash booking at an SSR grand villa? Does SSR even have grand villas?
     
  • Oldnewfan

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    For a temp check? What the....
    Ahhhh yes...Entitlement. Either go and play by the rules or wait till the rules change....they will. I am. Its okay. Just can't get 2019 back.....yet, or at least the parts we want back.
     

    Tigerlulu

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    Big loser. There was another article that quoted him talking about some business issues that held up some major bridge repairs too. Apparently he does not mind running his mouth and being in the news!

    https://m.orlandoweekly.com/Blogs/archives/2021/04/02/man-arrested-for-refusing-disney-springs-temperature-check-bragged-about-how-much-money-he-spent-claimed-to-be-a-stockholder

    Sills is no stranger to trouble in his home state. The owner of Coastal Bridge construction company allegedly owes Louisiana State police nearly $900,000, according to a report from Baton Rouge's WBRZ. Sills allegedly took money from the state department of transportation to pay a police detail charged with controlling traffic around a bridge construction project his company was working on. State police say that money never made it to them.

    "A bunch of s*** happened, and I promise you that Coastal Bridge is not trying to keep money from State Police," a woman who worked in the company's office told reporters when asked about the missing money. Sills said that the money is no longer his obligation.
    After defaulting on several projects, he claims the contract was taken over by Nationwide Mutual Insurance.
    Of course, bragging about how much money you spent in Disney while crying broke elsewhere isn't the best look.
     

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