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The happiest place on earth brought out the worst in a 53-year-old man who unleashed a string of obscenities during a visit to a Disney theme park while punching and kicking a “cast member.”
Predictably, the mini melee was caught on camera, posted to YouTube on Saturday and by Monday the video had gone viral. So much so that YouTube was selling ads on it, despite the violence and offensive language.
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The four-minute video, below, begins with the man shouting “f**k you” at a Disney security employee who responds by dousing him in the face with pepper spray. The man punches the security worker in the face then falls to the ground as a few ride operators attempt an intervention.
The Disney security worker kept spraying the man, later identified as Glenn Horlacher, as he lay on his back outside the Tower of Terror ride at Disney’s California Adventure Park in Anaheim.
As the man curses, a woman is heard shouting: “What are you, drunk? Disgusting.”
“Hey, where do you get a ticket?” another patron jokes. “I think this guy has been drinking vodka.”
“There are kids here,” the woman says. “Does this guy not get that? You’re in Disneyland!”
“I know where I am at,” Horlacher responds.
“Obviously not. It’s time to go home, sir,” she says.
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When the man ignores instructions to stay on the ground, the Disney security officer sprays him in the face some more, and the man attacks him again.
“Somebody help him,” the woman shouts as the man punches the Disney employee in the face again and tries to tackle him.
After several park-goers pinned the man to the ground, he is heard saying: “Let go. You’re gonna kill me.”
“Now he’s whimpering like a little baby,” one witness says.
“That was epic,” says another.
“Look at this guy. He’s covered in blood,” another one says.
KABC News reported that Horlacher was booked and released on a citation.
“Our security cast member was taken to a hospital where he was treated for the injuries he sustained and then released,” Disney spokeswoman Suzi Brown told The Hollywood Reporter. “We appreciate the actions of the guests who came to his aid during this uncharacteristic incident.”
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