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Man Sues Disney After Falling Into Trash Can on Ferry

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For one Florida man, the most magical place on Earth certainly was not a trash can.

Justin Tripp of Florida filed a lawsuit on Monday in Orange County court that alleges he was riding a “crowded” ferry at Disney World in Orlando on April 27, 2023 and was instructed to stand up near the back of the boat.

But as the boat approached the Magic Kingdom, it “did not slow down,” per the lawsuit, which allegedly caused the boat to crash into the dock, causing Tripp to be thrown into a steel pole and eventually fall “into a trash can,” which may have saved him from being thrown overboard.

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Tripp is alleging head and neck injuries and is seeking $50,000 in damages for disability, hospital expenses and medical care, “loss of the ability to earn money” and “loss of capacity for the enjoyment of life.”

“Disney knew, or in the exercise of reasonable care should have known, of the actions and inactions that caused the allision or crash of the ferry into the dock and failed to correct such conditions,” the lawsuit states, per local outlet WFLA.

At Magic Kingdom, parkgoers can take a ferry as a means of water transportation to and from select Disney World resort hotels straight to the park.

Related: Disney and CEO Bob Iger Triumph Over Hedge Funds and Investor Nelson Peltz, After Fierce Board Fight

Disney faced a contentious battle this week with CEO Bob Iger facing off against Trian Partners founder Nelson Peltz for a proxy battle to gain control of two seats on the company’s Board.

The shareholder meeting was slated for 10 a.m. PST Wednesday.

Disney’s recommended board directors were elected “by a substantial margin,” announced Horacio Gutierrez, senior executive vice president of Disney after the meeting.

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