A Louisiana tourist was arrested for refusing a temperature check at Disney World, where he told a deputy he couldn’t be removed b
A Louisiana tourist was arrested for refusing a temperature check at Disney World, where he told a deputy he couldn’t be removed because he paid $15,000 for the family vacation, video shows.
The footage, released last week by the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, shows Kelly Sills, 47, of Baton Rouge, being confronted by authorities at Disney Springs in Walt Disney World on Feb. 13.
“I spent $15,000,” Sills complains as he was being handcuffed after skipping the screening tent and then refusing to leave, the footage shows.
An onlooker can then be heard saying “all you had to do was get temperature checked.”
“You can’t trespass me for paying $15,000. If I take $15,000 from you, I can’t kick you out … Bring me to jail for 15 grand, I’m fine … in front of my kids, too, at Disney World,” Sills, who was staying at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa, whines.
But the father seemed to quickly regret his decision as he was being led away, saying that he was willing to get screened after all.
“Will you take my temperature before you kick me out, please?” Sills asked, body-cam footage shows.
“They’ll do that in jail, sir,” a deputy replied, according to the Orlando Sentinel.
An attorney for Sills, who later pleaded not guilty to a trespassing charge, declined to comment Thursday, the newspaper reported.
But Sills told The Washington Post Saturday he would have “happily” consented to the screening — claiming the snafu only occurred because he mistakenly entered the park through an exit and didn’t realize.
“Covd is a very serious thing, but so is my vacation with my family,” Sills said Saturday.
The arrest came on the first night of a five-day trip with his family, which included visits to Disney and Universal Studio for seven to eight people, Sills said.
Sills, who was trespassed from all Disney property, also blamed a security manager in part for his arrest, but acknowledged he was in a “bit of a mood” after traveling, the Washington Post reported.
A spokeswoman for Disney, meanwhile, has said disputes over the park’s coronavirus rules are uncommon.
“Millions of guests visit our theme parks each year, and in rare instances when things of this nature occur, we hold them accountable,” Disney spokeswoman Andrea Finger previously told the Sentinel.