Hey, are you hoping to be seen as pretty much the biggest jerk ever? Or, at least the biggest, smuggest, most utterly punchable jerk in the last couple of weeks? Well, unfortunately we need to warn you to wait a bit to try to claim that title, because a Disney employee has already claimed that particular trophy and the Internet is roasting him alive for it.
Imagine it — you’re visiting Disneyland Paris with your significant other where you plan to propose to them. You spend a lot of money on an engagement ring. At the park, you ask an employee permission to make the proposal on a platform with the Sleeping Beauty Castle in view behind you. The employee gives you the OK, and you make the ask. You get down on one knee, ask your beloved for their hand, and then a smug jerk wearing mouse ears inserts himself between you and (hopefully) your future forever partner, grabs the ring box out of your hand, and gestures for you to leave the platform. That’s what happened to a couple, as it unfolds in a video that was posted on Reddit. You can watch the infuriating scene below.
The video was posted to Reddit’s “I Am a Total Piece of S**t” with the heading “POS destroyed my best friends moment. He asked for permission beforehand.” As you can see in the video, after the Disney employee grabs the ring box out of the man’s hand, the proposer tries to explain that he asked permission, and the employee interrupts him again, yelling, “Yes, that’s great but over here will be even better!”
Newsweek reached out to Disney, who confirmed the video was taken at Disneyland Paris. A spokesperson told Newsweek, “We regret how this was handled. We have apologized to the couple involved and offered to make it right.”
Redditors responded passionately to the video, and the unidentified employee did not have many defenders. Even among the commenters who said they might understand the need to interrupt the proposal, most expressed confusion regarding the Disney worker grabbing the ring box out of the man’s hand. According to Newsweek, one poster claiming to be a Disney employee wrote that everything the worker did was wrong. They claimed that employees are “explicitly told that we never touch a guest without their clear permission, given either verbally or through body language. We’re not allowed to take their property under any circumstances and doing so results in termination.” The writer speculated the employee would be fired if/when the video went viral.
However, if we believe everyone on Reddit claiming to be a Disney employee actually is one, then there may be some disagreement. In spite of many posters claiming to be former Disney employees, or to know employees, who were sure the worker in the video would be fired, a Redditor named “Damoonerman” parted ways with those predicitions.
However, in spite of Damoonerman’s insistence that the Disney employee in the video is safe from repercussions, the first response to their post felt differently. It’s a darkly humorous sentiment shared throughout the responses, though in this case it’s flavored with a bit of, well… cannibalism.