From the Walt Disney World News and written by: Sean Sposato
According to an arrest report released Monday, a Florida man reportedly spat on a security officer at Walt Disney World after she asked him to put on a mask.
Following the reopening of the Walt Disney World Resort theme parks and resort hotels mid last year, the company enacted a mandatory requirement that all guests must wear face masks when walking around. However, it seems one Florida man didn’t want to follow the rule, which can also be found at neighboring Central Florida theme parks and resorts.
According to the arrest report, Kelly McKin, 51, of North Palm Beach, Florida, is facing a charge of battery on a uniformed security officer following the encounter, which happened last month.
McKin was outside Disney’s Contemporary Resort when Disney World security officer Kristen Goldstein asked him to put on a mask while he was at the property. McKin told her he would once he was inside the building. When Goldstein told him Disney’s policy required masks to be worn at all times, McKin told her to leave him alone and spat on her before walking into the resort, the report said.
The security officer wasn’t directly hit, but some saliva did get on her forehead. Security cameras caught an image of McKin and a bulletin was issued for him. McKin was stopped the next day after a Disney worker recognized him, according to the report.
Under questioning by a sheriff’s deputy, he denied spitting at Goldstein. He said he had talked with the security officer about the mask policy and promised to put his mask on once he entered the building, and that was the end of their interaction.
“I asked Kelly if he spat on Kristen or if he spat in the general direction of Kristen, and he replied he did not, and was adamant he did not spit on her,” Orange County Sheriff’s deputy Patrick Strawn wrote in the report.
Since, McKin has been told not to return to Walt Disney World.