Well, I heard the hype and was appalled at first when I heard that Tigger hit a child at Disney. I mean how could a resort that attracts kids as it’s main audience permit this type of behavior, I was outraged. But, then I decided to watch the video for myself. After watching the video I was still appalled but for a totally different reason. I was appalled because I knew what was going to happen. Somebody was going to try to go after Disney for a sum of money. Why would that upset me? Well, have you seen the video?
First the “child” appears to be a teenager or at least older than I thought when I first heard the rumors going around about what happened. Then if you watch the video the “child” has a really odd look on his face as his hand is behind Tigger, then all of a sudden Tigger looks behind him as if something happened. My guess is the “child” instigated the action. Then did you see the supposed punch? It looks more like a playful slap to the head to me than an actual punch as the rumors make it out to be.
Oh and of course that was not the end of it. The morning after seeing the video I heard a couple of radio personalities discussing the incident on the air. Apparently the said the father said he assumed his child did something to provoke the “punch”. Quickly though the father changed his tune. Maybe he saw the dollar signs in his head? I heard the little audio clip where it’s clear he has coached his son, he asks the son how hard the punch was and the “child” stammers for a minute and then says something along the lines of that it was pretty hard.
Come on people, he is trying to get Disney to pay him for an incident his son provoked. He knows that Disney has a huge amount of money and would most likely settle out of court instead of absorbing the bad publicity. I’d love to hear “Tigger”‘s side of the story. My guess is though the employee in the Tigger costume will not be heard from and Disney will let their lawyers talk with the father.
My hope is Disney’s lawyers tell the dad one thing “sorry, but we aren’t paying you”. This incident is the perfect example of how lawsuit hungry our country is and how people just want to get a buck. Granted, I do not know the family involved and do not know for a fact that the “child” provoked the little exchange, but looking at that video it sure looks like he did. So, if it turns out the child did provoke it, would the father be willing to offer Disney a settlement to apologize for the bad and false publicity he gave the company? Somehow I guess you and all the rest of us know the answer to that one, it’s a resounding “No!”.
Why do people feel that every action has to be compensated with a financial compensation? As far as I know the family has not filed any type of lawsuit or approached Disney to get money from them yet when I am writing this article. But, the interview I heard on the radio with the father and son’s comments really seem to be setting it up for that to happen.
If that does happen, it just proves one thing to me, this country is raising people with a sense of entitlement that is unhealthy and in the end is not good for our citizens, companies, or the economy. Maybe this is just another example of why tort reform should be considered again in the U.S. legislature.