From Mouse Planet this morning. I feel sorry for the kid. What he did was wrong but not worth a felony conviction on his record the rest of his life. Also, shows lack of training and supervision at Disneyland for the cart CMs
The Associated Press reports that 22-year-old Christian Barnes, the former Disneyland cast member charged with causing two dry ice blasts in Toontown on May 28, has been released from jail on his own recognizance. Barnes was originally held on a half-million dollar bail, which the judge reduced to $50,000 during the arraignment.
Barnes is accused to placing dry ice from his outdoor vending cart into plastic bottles. According to a report by CBS Los Angeles, Barnes left one bottle inside his cart before leaving for a break, and dropped the second bottle in the Toontown trash can on his way to the break room behind Toontown. Both bottles exploded, with the second blast triggering an hours-long closure of Toontown and an investigation by the Orange County Sheriff's department bomb squad. Disney said that there had been no injuries or damage from the blasts. Barnes is charged with possession of a destructive device, a felony charge that could mean up to seven years in prison and restitution for the police response. He pleaded not guilty to the charges.
As more details come out, it seems this is less an isolated incident, and instead a prank that went too far. A former Disneyland employee who worked in the outdoor vending department from 1993 to 1997 tells MousePlanet that dry ice pranks were common when she worked there. "You get bored when you're on those wagons," she said, saying that cast members would pass the time by playing with the dry ice used to keep the ice cream frozen. She said, "We'd add dry ice and water to an empty box and shake it to make popping sounds," or "put dry ice in empty Coke bottles to watch the smoke."
While this former cast member said she never personally created a dry ice "bomb," she knew that other cast members made them and left them in the cart "if you knew who your next person was going to be and you wanted to play a joke on them." She said managers were likely unaware of the pranks, recalling, "We really didn't have supervision at all."
Barnes is due back in court on July 17