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Disney worker punched in face by angry Tower of Terror rider

FILE - In this Feb. 4, 2019, file photo, Mickey Mouse celebrates the Super Bowl winning team, the New England Patriots, during the Super Bowl victory parade in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Months after workers who play Mickey Mouse and Goofy at Walt Disney World threatened to leave the Teamsters union because of what they called “horrible misrepresentation,” General President James Hoffa has appointed two associates to take over the local union in Orlando, Fla., according to a letter from Hoffa posted Monday, June 24, to the doors of the Local 385 union hall. (Associated Press)
FILE - In this Feb. 4, 2019, file photo, Mickey Mouse celebrates the Super Bowl winning team, the New England Patriots, during the Super Bowl victory parade in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Months after workers who play Mickey Mouse and Goofy at Walt Disney World threatened to leave the Teamsters union because of what they called “horrible misrepresentation,” General President James Hoffa has appointed two associates to take over the local union in Orlando, Fla., according to a letter from Hoffa posted Monday, June 24, to the doors of the Local 385 union hall. (Associated Press)
Published Jul. 23, 2019

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Authorities say a 23-year-old tourist from Chicago punched a worker in the face when her FastPass wasn't valid for the Tower of Terror ride at Disney's Hollywood Studios.

An Orange County Sheriff's report says the Disney World cast member offered to help the woman's group on July 13, but they only became angrier.

The Orlando Sentinel reports the woman started pushing buttons on the podium that could have affected the ride. When the employee pushed her hand away, the woman punched her in the face. The family yelled profanities and recorded the worker.

The group left the ride, but security tracked them down. Disney officials tell the Sentinel they issued a lifetime ban on the woman.

The worker didn't want to press charges and the woman wasn't arrested.

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