Disney World workers are subjected to daily harassment -- or worse -- from visitors who refuse to abide by the amusement park's mask mandate.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis hasn't issued a mask order to protect against the deadly coronavirus, but the Orlando resort and theme park does -- and many guests become angry when employees tell them they can't wear a gaiter or go without a mask, reported the Orlando Sentinel.
"There's never a day when I don't have a story," said one employee who enforces the mask rule in the Disney Springs parking garages. "I cried the first week I started. It was not a good time at all. Imagine going to work every single day where people ridicule you."
"I've had a guest literally get right up in my face and literally curse me out," she added.
Guests are required to have their temperatures checked and wear masks at all four theme parks, hotels and Disney Springs, although not everyone is willing to comply.
"We're more prone to think about ourselves than about the welfare of those around us," said Gregory Webster, a psychology professor at the University of Florida. "They're thinking about it in terms of having their free will repressed instead of making a very small and trivial sacrifice for the betterment of the whole."
Several guests have been arrested for assaulting or threatening workers and law enforcement, and in some cases visitors have argued with one another over social distancing and other pandemic safety measures.
"It breaks my heart," said Shawn Warr, who watched a man whose mask hung around his neck verbally assault an employee who asked him to cover up.