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Man insults Disney staffers, refuses to pay $22.64 bar tab, deputies say

Officials say suspect also pushed a security guard who tried to confront him

Stephen Ryder.
Stephen Ryder.

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. –  A man has been arrested after cursing at and making obscene gestures toward Disney staff members who were trying to get him to pay his $22.64 bar tab, according to officials from the Orange County Sheriff's Office.

The man, 67-year-old Stephen Ryder, was arrested Sunday on charges of battery, disturbing the peace at a public lodging and defrauding an innkeeper. He was arrested at Disney's Contemporary Resort at 4572 North World Drive.

Around 4 p.m., deputies were called to the resort on reports of a disorderly guest. According to Ryder's arrest report, the entire incident began when he refused to pay his tab at the hotel's bar. The report states that when the bar manager confronted Ryder, he ignored the manager and walked away from the bar to the bus stop outside.

Deputies said that while sitting at the bus stop, Ryder yelled at the Disney security guards who tried to talk to him, saying "who the [expletive] is this pot-faced [expletive]" and "go [expletive] yourself." He continued to yell expletives while making obscene gestures in front of approximately 50 to 100 other guests, officials said.

The arrest report states Ryder purposely pushed one of the security guards before balling up his fist and raising it, as though to fight. He then sat back down on the bus stop's bench until authorities arrived, continually yelling profanities the entire time, according to the report.

No one was harmed during the incident. Ryder is being held at the Orange County Jail on a $1,500 bond.