Americans, through the fortune of the birth of their nation, have long been worried about the erosion of their freedoms by a government that sees the ease in which totalitarian nations the world over governing with impunity. It would be a far easier and more profitable life for the powers that be if we were all sheep, of course.
And so, when the coronavirus pandemic arrived here in the US, many feared that a tinge of authoritarianism could arrive with it.
The latest from Disney World seems to indicate that perhaps these concerns were justified.
A Louisiana man who booked a $15,000 vacation to Disney World was arrested by law enforcement officials when he refused a mandatory temperature check at the entrance to the Orlando theme park.
The Orange County Sheriff’s Office released body cam footage last week of the February 13 incident involving Kelly Sills, 47, of Baton Rouge.
Sills pleaded not guilty to the charge of trespassing, the Orlando Sentinel reported. He is scheduled to appear in a Central Florida court on Monday.
According to the arrest report, Sills was confronted outside the Boathouse Restaurant at Disney Springs by Disney security and Orange County Sheriff’s deputies.
Then, as reality dawned on Sills’ predicament, the rambunctious reveler attempted to offer to have his temperature checked, but police hilariously shut him down.
‘I paid $15,000. You can’t trespass me for paying $15,000,’ said Sills.
He then offered to go back to the screening tent to get his temperature check, but by that point it was too late.
‘Will you take my temperature before you kick me out, please?’ he asked as he was led away in handcuffs.
‘They’ll do that in jail, sir,’ a deputy was heard saying in the video.
‘Well, that’s good,’ Sills said.
Disney has had several incidents involving guests who refuse to adhere to COVID protocols, including the arrest of a 51 year old man who, months ago, allegedly spit at a security officer when asked to put on a mask.