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Disney World In Hot Water Over What It Did To Guests As Hurricane Irma Approached

As Irma loomed over the state of Florida, a number of warnings were issued about price gouging. Those that felt the need to take advantage of others by jacking up prices would be dealt with. It’s unfortunate that such a statement even needed to be made, but reality tells us that it simply needs to be made clear. There are unethical folks out there that see dollar signs in others misery, and that can lead to people having to pay an arm and a leg for things.

As the Daily Mail shares, the Walt Disney World resort in Orlando has been accused of that by one guest that was stuck in one of its hotels during the storm. The park was forced to close due to the storm, and some of those that were stuck there on vacation at the worst possible time hunkered down in place. She shared her feelings on social media.

“While the rest of us are digging deep to make donations & help, @Disney is price gouging guests stranded on property during Irma. #shameful. his is a time for corporations to show gestures of compassion and good will, not time to make more of a profit,” she wrote. “$15 for a hamburger! Totally appalled.”   

The post blew up, and Disney responded with a different interpretation of things.

“A spokesman for the park told The Street that an 'over-anxious cast member' made a mistake on the pricing sheets in a rush to look after those trapped by the hurricane. The spokesman added that the error was an isolated situation and that the park is offering 'a variety of food and beverages available at discounted prices,’” the Mail reports. “Other park visitors have said they are pleased with the service they have had during the storm.”

Other guests stranded during the storm took to social media as well, but they were singing from a different hymn book.

“I am honestly super impressed by the way we're being looked after,” shared one user.

“Four hour queues to get provisions for #HurricaneIrma? Nope. We just stepped off the bus tonight and Disney took care of us,” added another commenter.

Sounds like Disney stepped up to the plate to insure its guests were taken care of during the storm, and that behavior should be lauded. As for the pricing error, it’s possible that’s all that it was. As anyone that’s visited a theme park knows, food and beverages aren’t exactly cheap once you step inside. If one of the employee’s is filling out a pricing sheet, there’s a good chance they’ll lean towards a price point that’s pretty common for the theme park itself.

As for the issue of price gouging itself, we sincerely hope that examples will be made of those that engage in this behavior. Whether we’re talking about the victims of Harvey or Irma, there are plenty of people out there with far too much on their plates right now. Worrying about getting ripped off shouldn’t be on their list of concerns.

Source: MailOnline
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