Friday the 13th. My fiance and I had just gotten our AP's and were enjoying our first evening at the park. What made it so interesting was the strange little storm that passed over the park, thunder and lighthing off in the distance and the occasional shower. I was actualy suprised they were still going to show the fireworks so we decided to head over to the train station and watch the show from up there. I noticed that the entire middle section was roped off with benches and "reserved" signs were posted on the roped. No big deal although it seemed like a waste of space because nobody was sitting in the benches. The rain seemed to make alot of people flee the park and the benches were all wet. Right as the show started, people that were waiting in the area decided to stage a rebellion and they went under the ropes and took a seat at the benches. Now it didn't take a rocket scientist to figure out they were not VIP's or anything. Just guests wanting a good spot to see the show. My fiance and I followed suit and took a seat at one of the benches. No sooner had the lights dimmed that a woman with a nametag that said "Karen" came up to me and asked me what did I think I was doing. "Trying to watch the show" I replied. " Do you have a reservation?" she asked. "Yes, I do" I lied. It was a bluff and she wasn't buying it . " No you don't. You need to get out". I was shocked . Did she just tell me to get out? Is that any way to speak to a guest? Get out? "Did you just tell me to get out?" I asked her.
"You can't sit here." she said. "Why do I have to get out and all these other people get to sit down?" I asked her. At that moment she realized her mistake. She was singling me out from the rest of the guests who were taking part in this rebellion. She stopped bothering me and walked away. I enjoyed the rest of the show without any further problems.
"Karen" was lucky there was a long line at City Hall. Her rude and borderline racist behavior would have been reported. I just didn't want to deal with it anymore.
I know that sitting in the roped off VIP seating was wrong. Was "Karen" right in the way she handled the situation? Should Disney still not allow people to sit in empty benches when there are no VIP's sitting there? Lets hear your thoughts.