Insta-CoGo: Line Rage at Disney World?
Love Disney, hate Disney, sort of love Disney, really hate Disney: Travelers are generally of mixed opinion on the place. But man, what to make of this?
According to a report on Orlando's Fox TV affiliate, a woman named Aimee Krause has accused Alabama native Victoria Walker of beating her up after she was accused of cutting in line. With her kids. On the Mad Tea Cup ride.
Thanks to the pop-culture blog Jaunted for bringing this to my attention. According to the Fox report, the incident "could send Walker to jail for 15 years. The incident happened in May of 2007, but because the victim is now suffering serious after affects prosecutors are going forward with the case. . . . Court documents say Walker beat Krause because Krause supposedly skipped Walker in the Mad Tea Cup ride line. 'She came from behind just screaming,' Krause said this week. 'Next thing I knew she kicked me in my left leg, threw me to the ground and at that point I was pinned between the teacup and the saucer and she continued to beat up on my body.' "
Certainly can't condone her actions, if the allegations are true, but I feel Walker's pain. I dig the World, but man, those lines can go on forever (and FastPass can be a good thing, but you can only use a limited number -- on a busy day, there's just no getting away from the hordes queueing up). No word in the report whether Krause actually cut in line. And after a day of dealing with all things Disney, a lot of people are ready to blow their stack.
But haven't we all been in that situation in our travels? Mostly, I suspect, we stay tight-lipped to avoid a scene. But when the lips come unglued, watch out. A few weeks ago in the Antigua airport, I saw two women nearly come to blows when one of them sauntered in from the sidelines and jumped in front of everyone while we were lining up to board. A police officer finally broke up the shouting match -- and the line cutter still got on first.
And theme park lines can be the worst: thuggish kids pushing to the front, people smoking (ack), thuggish adults pushing to the front. But really now . . . those teapcups aren't worth waiting for in the first place.
How do you handle line cutters?
By John Deiner |
March 25, 2008; 7:11 AM ET
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