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  1. Disney Ignores Constitution and State Law

    Disney has always been known to abuse the 2nd amendment rights of employees and guests, but they have gone even further by turning up their noses at the newly passed Workplace Gun Law in Florida.

    There is nothing in the law, which speaks of an exemption given to Disney or any other employer.

    From: WDW NewsRoom

    To: #WDW X Corporate Executive Cast - Florida; #WDW X Walt Disney Parks

    and Resorts Vice Presidents; #WDW X Walt Disney Parks and Resorts

    Directors; #WDW X Walt Disney Parks and Resorts General Managers



    Sent: Fri Jun 27 XXXXXXX 2008

    Subject: Florida's Guns-At-Work Legislation



    Below is a memo regarding the Florida Guns-at-Work law,

    effective July 1, 2008. Please share verbally with your teams, as

    appropriate.





    ************************************************** ******************************************



    To: Florida-site Executives Date: June 27, 2008

    From: Shannon McAleavey,

    Senior Vice President Public Affairs

    Subject: Florida's Guns-at-Work Legislation



    __________________________________________________ ___________________



    On July 1, a new Florida law will go into effect that will allow

    employees with a conceal-and-carry permit to have a weapon in their

    vehicle at their place of employment. This law does not apply to Walt

    Disney World Co. owned and leased properties due to an exemption. This

    includes all theme parks, resorts, theme park and resort parking lots,

    Cast Member parking lots, administrative offices across the Walt Disney

    World(r) Resort, Downtown Disney(r), Disney's Wide World of Sports

    Complex, hotels on Hotel Plaza Boulevard, Celebration and the Disney

    Reservation Centers (Orlando and Tampa).



    However, the law will apply to property owned by Reedy Creek

    Improvement District, Disney's Vero Beach Resort, the Disney Cruise Line

    Crew Member parking lot, the La Quinta warehouse on Orange Blossom Trail

    and Disney-owned liquidation stores off property. Because this is a

    Florida law, it also does not apply to Disney's Hilton Head Island

    Resort. Cast Members will continue to be prohibited from removing a

    weapon from their vehicle while at work. All Cast Members must comply

    with the gun policies in effect at the location they are visiting,

    regardless of where they work. For example, Disney's Vero Beach Cast

    Members must comply with the gun policies at a Walt Disney World Co.

    theme park when visiting that location.



    Walt Disney World Co. continues to maintain a zero tolerance

    policy for guns and workplace violence. Possession of dangerous or

    unauthorized materials such as explosives, firearms, ammunition, weapons

    or other similar items on Walt Disney World Co. owned or leased property

    is grounds for termination (as outlined in the Employee Policy Manual).



    A lawsuit filed by the Florida Chamber of Commerce and Florida

    Retail Federation to repeal the law is under review, and we are hopeful

    it will be overturned by mid-July. We support the ongoing efforts of the

    Florida Chamber of Commerce and the Florida Retail Federation to

    challenge the legislation. The safety of our Cast and Guests is our top

    priority.



    Please encourage your teams to practice safe behaviors at any

    location. In an emergency, Cast Members should dial 911. If a gun is

    seen or suspected to be at any location, Cast Members should immediately

    contact their local Human Resources representative or Walt Disney World

    Security at x1990 or 407-560-1990.
    "Always at your command"
    "לפקודה תמיד אנחנו"

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    Disney California was well known for their liberal bent, I'm sure this stuff comes all the way down from the top. You want to dress up in a mouse suit, you got to pay the price. Not much new here I'm afraid.

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    Imagine if the guy playing Mickey decided to ignore the company policy & some whacko went "Ape" at WDW one day. He reaches down in his costume into his "Smart Carry" and pulls out a 1911 & unloads on the perp.

    Can you imagine the years of therapy for all the kids that witness that??!?!!??!!


    HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!!!!!!!
    Victory rewards not the army that fires the most rounds, but who is the more accurate shot. ---Unknown

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    Quote Originally Posted by PascalFleischman View Post
    Imagine if the guy playing Mickey decided to ignore the company policy & some whacko went "Ape" at WDW one day. He reaches down in his costume into his "Smart Carry" and pulls out a 1911 & unloads on the perp.

    Can you imagine the years of therapy for all the kids that witness that??!?!!??!!


    HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!!!!!!!

    It would be bad but not as bad as the whaco going nuts and Mickey had no gun to stop him.
    By faith Noah,being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear,prepared an ark to the saving of his house;by the which he condemned the world,and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith Heb.11:7

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    Exclamation Disney is not exempt

    The only businesses that are exempt are:
    1. Aerospace Industries
    2. National Defense contractors
    3. Homeland security contractors
    4. Military contractors

    I read the law and Disney Ain't exempt. The law was put in place to protect Disney Employees from an overtly oppressive corporation that has more respect for GLAAD initiatives and ACLU rulings than the Rule of Law
    FESTUS
    IN OMNIA PARATUS

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    Sue the jerks out of florida.I would like my hunting land back.

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    Disney is a company that thinks they own the world. They place unbelievably restrictive rules upon employees ('cast members'--more like serfs) that extend well beyond the work place.

    This is a company that spends fortunes to change laws to their own benefit. Read up on the changes to law just to make Disney happy:

    Copyright Term Extension Act - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


    I know--it's Wikipedia... read it anyway.

    I'm willing to bet that Disney execs honestly believe they can change Florida law to suit their wishes. They are probably right!
    People don't like to be meddled with. We tell them what to do, what to think, don't run, don't walk. We're in their homes and in their heads and we haven't the right. We're meddlesome.--River Tam

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    I tell ya what.. no more little mermaid in my house... lol
    You can have my freedom as soon as I'm done with it!!!

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    Is anyone aware of the "exemption" that the memo refers to? I'm asking because it seems to me like it was something invented by the person who wrote the memo to put employees who have CCW permits in fear of losing their jobs.

  11. Quote Originally Posted by tattedupboy View Post
    Is anyone aware of the "exemption" that the memo refers to? I'm asking because it seems to me like it was something invented by the person who wrote the memo to put employees who have CCW permits in fear of losing their jobs.
    Here is more on the situation from the Orlando Sentinel.

    Disney cites language within Florida's newly enacted "Preservation and Protection of the Right to Keep and Bear Arms in Motor Vehicles Act of 2008" that creates an exception for companies whose primary business is to manufacture, use, store or transport explosives regulated under federal law.

    "I intended it to exempt places like defense plants, Air Force bases, things like that," said Peaden, who sponsored the bill in the Senate. "But not Disney. Not at all."

    But on the same day that the House took its final vote on the gun bill, the exemption for explosives companies was revised so that it also includes "property owned or leased by an employer who has obtained a permit" under federal law for such explosives.
    Disney has such a permit, for the extensive fireworks used in its theme parks.

    State Rep. Stan Mayfield, a Vero Beach Republican also involved in crafting the final legislation, said lawmakers had agreed to insert that exception at the request of a small group of lawyers representing several businesses and business groups -- including Disney.

    But Mayfield said nobody ever intended for the language to spare so much of the Disney resort, which covers about 30,000.acres.

    "I don't think anybody that voted for that bill expected Disney to be exempt," Mayfield said.

    Disney officials said they have carefully reviewed the language and determined that the law excludes most Disney World property. McAleavey's memo concluded that it exempts "all theme parks, resorts, theme-park and resort parking lots, Cast Member parking lots, administrative offices across the Walt Disney World Resort, Downtown Disney, Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex, hotels on Hotel Plaza Boulevard, Celebration and the Disney Reservation Centers" in Orlando and Tampa.

    The language does not exempt Disney Vacation Club's Vero Beach Resort, Disney Cruise Line's crew-member parking lots and a couple of other Disney properties in Florida, according to the memo.

    Law challenged in court

    But McAleavey also noted that the Florida Chamber of Commerce and the Florida Retail Federation are challenging the law in court, and Disney would continue to support that effort. A Tampa judge could rule this month, "and we are hopeful it will be overturned," she wrote.

    Other theme parks also might hold appropriate explosives permits because of their fireworks programs.

    But Universal Orlando is claiming a different exemption: The resort houses a work-study program, the Universal Education Center, that is staffed by Orange County Public Schools.

    "We are required to follow school-district policies," spokesman Tom Schroder said. "The Orange County Public School System is exempt from this law. We have so informed our team members."

    SeaWorld Orlando takes an entirely different approach: That company supports the rights of its employees or visitors to transport legal firearms in their cars, "and we have for some time," spokeswoman Becca Bides said.

    This is one that is sure to play out in the courts like Heller. It will take one brave Disney employee to challenge the policy.

    Three cheers for SeaWorld, the only theme park in my town to have any chance of receiving my money for entertainment
    "Always at your command"
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