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Groping is what Tiggers do best! - One person's lack of compassion does not equal another's comfort.
One person's lack of comprehension does not equal another's consent.
Groping is what Tiggers do best!
If I had to work all day in hot furry suit with poor ventilation and little to no visibility while being instructed to caress boys and girls of all ages for pictures, I very much doubt I'd ever get really good at knowing what my "paws" were on either.

This is not to say that this particular "Tigger" Didn't know what he was holding but I really have to wonder how much tactile feedback people get in a suit like that anyway.


quotes from the article and more of my commentary:
Chartrand was accused of fondling the breasts of the girl and her mother at the Magic Kingdom on Feb. 21. The girl and her father reported the incident Feb. 29.

What bugs me about this:
1) supposedly, the accused fondled the breasts of the girl *and* her mother... Yeah right. If you were going to fondle either would anyone really do both?

2) Why was the incident not reported by the mother, but only the girl and her dad? I mean, *if* the mother believed she was actually "fondled" don't you think she'd report it?

My guess is the mother knew full well that what touched her breasts had less tactile feedback than a BBQ oven mitt. The girl might not have realized that, and the dad, well I have to wonder why he decided to get so indignant about something that the mother did not... unless his goal was to sensationalize it for monetary gain.
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bittercat From: bittercat Date: April 3rd, 2004 11:20 pm (UTC) (Link)

1. It is well possible that he fondled both. Think about it: The girl was 13, so the mother could well have still been in her mid-or-so 30s. Still relatively young and likely close to the perp's age.

2. Good question...

BTW, I LOVE that icon! That's a great pic of you. :)
fixx From: fixx Date: April 4th, 2004 12:32 am (UTC) (Link)
Yes, it is *possible* he fondled both, if attraction to the victim is the only issue. My point is that it is not *likely*. Think about yourself as the "perp" to be prosecuted.

a) If you fondle only the older, then you are only a dirty old (or young) man, and not a child molester

b) If you fondle only the child then it is your word against that of a youngster.

Doing both makes you a child molester while admitting guilt, a choice not requiring enough intelligence to get the job in the first place.

My guess is that *if* the person fondled either, then it was the mother, and not the child and that the child piped up that it happened to her as well, either out of a sense of rejection, or to gain sympathy.

As for my picture, Teresa likes it best as well.
bittercat From: bittercat Date: April 5th, 2004 03:38 am (UTC) (Link)

Oooh! Good point!

Good point. A teen's plea for attention? A case of obnoxious teen who wants to get someone busted? Who knows?

THIS icon is sickeningly adorable! LOL! :D
keith_m043 From: keith_m043 Date: April 3rd, 2004 11:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
I presume the suit has paws with very thin palms like lacrosse gloves, to make it easier for him to get it off at the end of his shift.
fixx From: fixx Date: April 4th, 2004 12:40 am (UTC) (Link)
What makes you think the wearer puts on and takes off his own suit? These suits most likely cost Disney hundreds if not thousands of dollars each. A sizeable investment if you consider how many they run at one time. They probably have a staff dedicated to their maintenance and preservation.

My guess would be that the suits are not at all easy to put on and take off and that assistants help in this area, while also cleaning the suits of gummy palm prints and most likely drying and deodorizing the suits between shifts.

I really have no idea, but I would assume that with heat stroke being a real concern (not to mention character bashing by older wayward male teens) each one carries some sort of radio and is either voice operated or by squeezing a button in the mitts, or both.

With all that going on there is no reason the wearer must operate anything externally with the hands.

On the other hand, it would not surprise me if the wearer can slip an entire arm out of the costume arm and reach an arm out of the suit, in which case that would be a great way to fondle someone... but then I suppose another person could fondle from behind the suit without anyone seeing.
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