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Disney Land Robbery...

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by rjk, 15 Apr 2010.

  1. rjk


    Joined: 8 Aug 2007

    Posts: 25,328

    hello folks

    posting here from my much needed holiday in the USA

    just thought i would share the experience with you all.

    i have come away from my usual post at OcUK to sunny florida for two weeks of theme parks, unhealthy food and very little excercise.

    well, it was until last night.

    upon returning to our hotel room for the last night [we were waiting for our rented house to become available] my family entered the hotel where my Dad stayed behind at the back door for a smoke.
    i would have stayed with him but i gave up 6 months ago and prefer to stay away form smokers to remove any temptation.

    anyway, my dad is smoking away when a guy with a pistol leaps from the bushes and mugs my dad, goodbye wallet/money/ID etc etc

    after freely giving away his wallet [as you would do if a gun was pointed at you] the guy pistol whips my dad leaving him a bloody mess on the floor

    bad times.

    so the florida police turn up and do the subtotal of nothing to help the situation.
    my dad gets cleaned up, we call the card companies and sort out replacment cards etc

    an overall rubbish start to a holiday.

    what i dont understand is this...

    my dad works in the oil industry, he travells around more than anyone i know, mainly to deprived/hostile areas including Nigeria, China, Rwanda etc

    yet in all of these places where crime corruption run rife, he has never had his life put at risk, and never been assaulted let alone held up at gun point.

    it makes me laugh how the the one place it happens to him is when he is on holiday with his family at Disney land.

    moral of the story...

    watch your back, or Mickey Mouse will sneak up on you!
  2. House


    Joined: 16 Jun 2005

    Posts: 2,878

    Location: Back in the UK

    I also work in the oil industry and while our company puts all sorts of security in place when they send us to Algeria or somewhere else a little tasty we get nothing at all when we go to the US.

    In the last about 13 years plenty of people I work with have been robbed and one was shot (but survived) in the US of A.

    Anyway I'm sure there is no way for this to not put a downer on your break but it could have been worse.

    Out of intrest where abouts was this hotel?
  3. Amakuma


    Joined: 26 Jan 2010

    Posts: 291

    Holy hell how awful, hope your dad is alright, its just sods law that hes in a supposedly civilised country and ends up getting held-up
  4. mast3r


    Joined: 28 Jan 2007

    Posts: 2,550

    Location: Wilmslow, Cheshire

    Aww dude! Well i hope you can put this behind you and enjoy the rest of your "Vacation"
  5. Stumble Bum


    Joined: 2 Apr 2009

    Posts: 2,976

    Location: Location, Location!

    This is probably why the other week when I was in the main bit of Hollywood, and popped into Maccy D's to find they even had a security guard... who also happened to have a gun... pretty shocking that places like Macdonalds need armed security.

    Glad I don't live there.
  6. POB


    Joined: 27 May 2003

    Posts: 5,948

    Location: Its a Small World

    There was a singin hobo in the toilet when I went in that one, "Plop Plop Plop goes the poo" or something.
  7. 4T5

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 30 Aug 2004

    Posts: 27,746

    Location: Middle of England

    No jokes at all here !
    Real Sorry to hear about your Dad mate, I hope it doesn't effect your holiday to much.
  8. Bicepo

    OcUK Staff

    Joined: 8 Oct 2009

    Posts: 906

    Location: OcUK HQ

    OH Hey Man, sorry to hear about your dad I hope it doesn't shadow over the rest of your holiday
  9. Cosimo

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 9 Jan 2007

    Posts: 163,805

    Location: Londinium

    What a way to start a holiday. I hope your dad is ok after his awful experience and that you can all put this behind you and enjoy your holiday.
  10. Skidder

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 28 Nov 2007

    Posts: 12,587

    Sorry to hear that. I lived in Orlando for almost 3 years and have a soft spot for Florida but it does have its fair share of crime in the city. There are quite bad areas in Orlando (i lived in a relatively bad one) with a lot of crack use, combine that with readily available guns and the outcome is inevitable. As a tourist you are for the most part well protected from it but it does spill over from time to time, as unfortunately it has for you.

    The odds of anything else bad happening to you are tiny so get out there and enjoy.
  11. Smit


    Joined: 6 Mar 2003

    Posts: 6,229

    Location: West Lothian

    I hope everything is ok.
    Just keep an eye on him for a while.
  12. Justintime


    Joined: 24 Jul 2006

    Posts: 8,869

    Location: Edmonton, London, UK

    Ended fairly ok, considering a firearm was in play. Hope he recovers and isn't too shaken up to enjoy the rest of his holidays!
  13. platypus


    Joined: 25 Jul 2003

    Posts: 39,135

    Location: Rhône-Alpes+Cambridge

    Sounds bad, hope your father makes a full recovery and you manage to enjoy your holiday.
  14. krooton


    Joined: 9 May 2004

    Posts: 27,177

    Location: Leafy outskirts of London

    19 years in South Africa, not a single bad thing happens to me or my family/friends.

    Within 2 years of moving to the UK, I get mugged at knife-point at my front door!
  15. antijoke


    Joined: 28 Jan 2003

    Posts: 38,618

    Location: England

    That is a crap start to your holiday. Hope everything else goes better.
  16. eddiemcgarrigle


    Joined: 13 Nov 2006

    Posts: 4,027

    Location: Inverkip

    I'm sorry to hear that. I've visited Orlando more than a dozen times and I've never heard of anything like this happening to tourists. I suppose something like this could happen anywhere and I hope it doesn't ruin your holiday.

    Can you tell us where in Orlando you where staying? Was it a Disneyworld resort, Kissimmee, Lake Buena Vista or I-Drive? I have noticed that the I-Drive area has gone pretty downhill in recent years with the opening of a lot of pubs and nightclubs which no doubt attracts the scum element of Orlando.
  17. Mikoyan


    Joined: 4 Aug 2004

    Posts: 2,734

    Location: on OCUK

    Sorry to hear this just glad hes not hurt critically bit of a bad start to the holiday! When I saw the thread title I thought someone stole some of Disney's...land :o
  18. Django x2


    Joined: 28 Sep 2008

    Posts: 13,632

    Location: Britain

    Where was this?

    Same thing happened to my family around 10 years ago. Opportunists in Florida. Back then, on the same holiday, my grandparents also got rammed off the road and all their belongings taken from the hire car.

    Of course, back then, hire cars ran different plates, easily spotted by theives
  19. illogik


    Joined: 2 Nov 2009

    Posts: 590

    Location: Middlesbrough

    Damn, that sucks bigtime. I hope your dad is ok and that you can all still enjoy whats left of your holiday. :(
  20. PermaChanged


    Joined: 19 Jan 2006

    Posts: 4,007

    Hope it doesn't taint the rest of your time there too much!