Tigger: Friend of Pooh or Vigilante?
First it was the groping incident. Now Tigger is beating children. At least thats the story a visitor to Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom
is telling. A video was released Sunday showing a teenager jumping into a picture with his younger siblings with Tigger, when the costumed character turns and punches him in the face. You can view the video online at:http://www.local6.com/news/10685989/detail.html
It really doesnt seem like the hit was intentional, although other stories report the employee is already claiming self defense as the 14 year old was pulling Tiggers mask from behind.
It seems that the family really over reacted demanding that "Tigger be a man and step out of the costume." Poor Tigger seems that he should try just a little harder to stay out of deep Pooh.
At least he wasn't smothered in Pooh...
Yeah, I just saw the video and it didn't look like Tigger was punching the kid on purpose, it looked like a accident and no, it didn't look that hard either, but what do I know?
I just saw the video and it really doesnt look like it was that hard its hard to tell if it was on purpose or not but im leaning towards it being an accident. But it will be like the same thing as in 2004 i believe when Tigger suppousedy touched a girl in the wrong stop. Who knows?!?!?
Saw the video. It didn't look like a hit to me, on purpose. I remember seeing somewhere that the peripheral vision is horrible with those masks, so it could be that it was just simply a mistake on his part. But the guy argued that he was trying to pull his mask off, so.. hey, who knows?
The conspiracy theorists all say that this was done to take attention away from the sexual assault that happened on the Disney Cruise Line...after all, that came and went really fast, while the Universal story seemed to stick around for a while longer.
Watching the video it does seem that the teenager was trying to do something to Tigger. He is either trying to take the head off or unzip the costume. When Tigger went to stop him, his arm is caught under Tigger's. The slap/hit was not much, but I seem to remember that no CM is ever allowed to touch/strike a tourist for any reason. Don't all costumed characters travel with a chaparone to help protect the CM?
Couldn't get the linked video to play on my Mac, but found a report
I've watched the video and it does look to me like the kid was definitely annoying the character.
I just watched the video as well. I my opinion, the guest was definitely pulling on the Cast Member's costume. You can see Tigger's head raise after he pins the guest's arm with his right arm. I do not even think the left was meant to touch the guest, but rather a move to turn and break the hold the guest had on the Cast Member.
Does Magic Kingdom have security cameras that might show what happened behind Tigger?
back and to the left...back and to the left....
It looks like Tigger was trying to move. I don't believe that he hit that boy intentionally, and it looked like the kid was pulling on Tigger. His parents just want a payday. I don't think the cast member should be suspendede, either, unless their was compelling evidence to warrant the suspension.
Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the 100 Acre Wood...
I've worn costumes similar to the characters at Disney and I can tell you, it's VERY hard to breathe inside of them. That kid looks like he was up to no good and whether Tigger was just moving and accidentally hit him or he was having trouble breathing and reacted (which is quite possible - you can panic in those things!), it just doesn't matter. It's such a slow "hit" that it would be more of a gentle surprise than anything. The family truly appears to be making a spectacle out of nothing at all.
I watched the slides of Tigger with the 14yr. old child. The child was as tall as Tigger; had his arm around Tigger; and was trying to do something.
Perhaps I should change jobs and become a lawyer for Tigger! Tigger is getting royally screwed! The kid obivously reached behind Tigger and did something to him, you can see it the moment you view the video. Tigger is reaching around to stop him, and the damn kids head was in the way. Tigger is basically blind on the side due to the costume and didnt see the kids big fat head!
I find it amusing that this kid has to go back to school and explain to his pals how he got his butt kicked by a stuffed animal.
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