A South Carolina man is expected to make his first court appearance next month after being accused of slapping a teenage stewardess at a restaurant at Walt Disney World Resort three times to the front, while under the influence, after refusing to seat her due to the restaurant’s dress code.
John Munro, 64, of South Carolina, was arrested and charged with battery after an altercation between him and a 19-year-old stewardess in Cítricos indoors Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort in November.
Munro, no stranger to luxury hotels, is vice president of hospitality, sales and marketing at the prestigious Sea Pines Resort on Hilton Head, where he lives, according to Walt Disney World News Today.
According to the arrest affidavit obtained by Fox 35 Orlando, on November 19, 2023, deputies with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office responded to the hotel in reference to a battery.
A preliminary investigation revealed that shortly before 7:30 p.m., a hostess at the restaurant greeted a family who had a reservation for three people. However, the group arrived with four people; two women and two men.
According to the arrest report, one of the men, identified as Munro, was not dressed according to the restaurant’s dress code.
He was wearing swim shorts and a T-shirt, and the Cítricos website states that “guests should dress accordingly, in attire that respects the restaurant’s sophisticated, upscale aesthetic,” explicitly adding that swimsuits are not permitted.
Because Munro was wearing “swimming shorts and a T-shirt,” the stewardess told him he would not be allowed to dine with his family, according to the report. Munro seemed to understand but said he would wait with his group until they were seated. The hostess agreed to his request, but things got worse when she took the group to sit down moments later.
Deputies say Munro followed the group of three to their table even though he was told he was not allowed to do so.
“Please don’t let him sit with us, he’s really drunk, poorly dressed, it’s my birthday and I’m embarrassed,” one of the women told the hostess, according to the affidavit.
When the hostess told Munro he could not sit with the group, he “began repeatedly slapping his forehead” three times while saying his name, which he read on the tag on his shirt, deputies said.
The stewardess suffered no injuries, refused medical treatment and wanted to press charges, deputies said.
Deputies caught up with Munro, who they said was apparently intoxicated due to his “slurred speech, glowing red eyes and constant repetition that he was going to sue Disney,” the affidavit states. ‘arrest.
Munro was arrested and released on $1,000 bail the next morning.
He was also placed on administrative leave “in connection with the review of this personnel matter,” resort spokeswoman Karen Moraghan confirmed to The Island Packet and Beaufort Gazette on Thursday.
Surveillance video from the restaurant was not available, but prosecutors plan to use police body camera footage of the incident, according to Florida court records.
Munro has pleaded not guilty and is expected to appear in court for a pre-trial hearing on February 16.