A man, from Orlando, was arrested earlier this month at Walt Disney World after hitting an EPCOT security guard after an argument over Disney World’s face covering policy.
Enrico Toro, 35-years-old, and his family were visiting EPCOT on the afternoon of the 14th August and were, according to the security guard, wearing “improper masks”.
After visiting their vehicle the family returned to the entrance of the park, however they were turned away again when one child’s face mask still didn’t comply with Disney’s policy.
According to the arrest affidavit, Toro started swearing and told the security guard to call the police, adding, “they’ll have to shoot me to leave.”
When the security guard in question attempted to use his phone to call a supervisor, the 35-year-old man hit him in the head with an “open-hand.”
Toro’s wife pushed him away, however the affidavit states that “the male continued cussing and began threatening that he knew where he lived and was going to kill him.”
The security guard finally contacted a supervisor and sheriff’s deputies were called. The security guard agree to press charges and Toro was arrested for misdemeanour battery.
In the affidavit, Toro denied hitting the guard, however witness reports support the security guard’s version of the incident.
Disney spokesperson Andrea Finger said in a statement:
“We expect guests to treat our Cast Members with courtesy and respect, and while the vast majority of guests have adapted to our new measures, this unfortunate case required law enforcement.”
The Orlando Sentinel reached out to Toro for comment, however he didn’t return a message.