Hotel VP accused of drunkenly punching Disney World restaurant hostess after dress code snub

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A South Carolina man is scheduled to make his first court appearance next month after he is accused of punching a teenage hostess at a Walt Disney World Resort restaurant three times in the face, while ‘ as he was under the influence, after she refused to sit because of 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 hostess at Cítricos inside Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort in November .

Munro, no stranger to luxury hotels, was the Vice President of Hospitality, Sales and Marketing at the prestigious Sea Pines resort in Hilton Head, where he lives.

Karen Moraghan, a spokeswoman for the South Carolina property, told Fox News Digital that Munro is no longer employed by The Sea Pines Resort.


John Munro, 64

A drunken man allegedly punches a teenage Walt Disney World hotel hostess over a dress code snub. (Orange County Department of Corrections)

On Thursday, Moraghan confirmed to The Island Packet and Beaufort Gazette that Munro had been placed on administrative leave “pending a review of this personnel matter.”

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 resort in reference to a battery.

A preliminary investigation revealed that just before 7:30 p.m. a restaurant host was checking on a family that had a reservation for three people. However, the group arrived with four; two women and two men.

According to the arrest records, one of the men, identified as Munro, was not dressed according to the restaurant’s dress code.

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Walt Disney World's Grand Floridian Resort in Lake Buena Vista

The event took place at the Grand Floridian Resort at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, pictured. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel/Tribune News Service via Getty Images)

He was wearing swim shorts and a T-shirt and the Cítricos website states that “guests should be dressed accordingly in attire that respects the elegant and upscale aesthetic of the restaurant,” clearly adding that swimwear is not allowed.

Because Munro was wearing “swimming shorts and a T-shirt”, he was told by the hostess that he would not be allowed to have dinner with his family, the report said. Munro seemed to understand but said he would stay with his group until they were seated. The hostess agreed to his request, but the situation escalated when she seated the group a few minutes later.

According to agents, Munro followed the party of three to their table despite being told he was not allowed to do so.

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Drivers approach the entrance to the Walt Disney World resort in Florida. (Brian Carlson/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

“Please don’t let him sit with us, he’s terribly drunk, underdressed, it’s my birthday, and I’m embarrassed,” one of the women told the hostess, according to the affidavit.

When the hostess told Munro that he could not sit with the group, he began “slapping her forehead over and over” three times while saying her name , he read from the name tag on his shirt, deputies said.

The hostess was not injured and refused medical treatment, and wanted to pursue charges, deputies said.

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Castle at Disney World

A crowd can be seen in front of the iconic castle at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. (2024 Wealth of Geeks)

Deputies arrested Munro, who they said appeared to be intoxicated based on his “slurred speech, glowing red eyes, and constantly repeating that he was going to convince Disney,” the arrest affidavit said.

Munro was arrested and released on $1,000 bond the next morning.

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Surveillance video from the restaurant was not available, but prosecutors plan to use police body camera footage from the incident, according to Florida court records.

Munro entered a not guilty plea and is scheduled to appear in court for a pretrial conference hearing on February 16.

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