Disney Puts a Stop to Line-Cutting, and 6 More Things You'll Want to Know

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AP, John Raoux
Here's a quick rundown from the world of business and economics this morning: the things you need to know, and some you'll just want to know.

• Disney is ending the program that allowed theme park visitors with disabilities to cut to the front of ride lines. Seems that each such visitor could bring up to six guests with them through the handicapped entrances, so wealthy park guests were abusing the system by hiring disabled guides with motorized scooters to pose as family members, thus allowing their kids to skip the tedious waiting among the proles. A new program will be put into effect for the disabled that won't allow them to skip lines altogether.

Chrysler has filed paperwork for an IPO, even though Italian automaker Fiat really wants to buy the 41 percent of Chrysler it doesn't already own from the United Auto Workers trust fund that holds it now. It all comes down to money: The union says its stake is worth more than Fiat does, and the only way to settle it may be to let the market decide.

• Thinks your job can't be outsourced? Don't be too sure: Almost half the jobs Americans thought were safe will soon be done by robots.

• You may have seen a Forbes article by Chris Conover claiming that Obamacare will increase health care costs by $7,450 for an average U.S. family of four: It's going viral in some circles. But not among economists, who say that the math is completely wrong, and the conclusion blatantly false.

• TD Bank has been fined $52.5 million by the SEC for failing to protect investors scammed in a $1.2 billion Ponzi scheme in Florida. The bank has already paid $600 million in restitution.

• It's normal for gas prices to fall in the autumn, after summer driving season ends. But this time, we may drop below the $3 a gallon mark for the first time in three years.

• And finally, even though we all know we can't trust everything we read on the Internet, we sometimes do. So let's all say thank you to the New York attorney general's office, which snagged 19 businesses that made their money by posting fake customer reviews to benefit their clients on sites like Yelp and Citysearch. In total, they'll pay more than $350,000 in fines, and get out of the phoney reviews business.



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vivgibson

Years ago when we took my grandmother who was in a wheelchair, there was no cutting. She was allowed to go the front and stay in air conditioned comfort but we stood in line like everyone else. Once we got to the front of the line we were reunited for the ride. When did that change?

September 25 2013 at 12:04 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
freeetob

Okay. The deal is it used to be when folks move to Florida they are told that the first thing they should do is get a real estate license. Now they are told that the first thing they should do is get a handicap tag. Their kids and grandkids love it.

September 24 2013 at 10:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Penny

Glad to see that Disney is going to put a way to tell who is handicap and who is n ot. I believe people with handcap children or adulst shluld be able to move to the front of the line with that child and the person going with that child but others shuld wait in line like we all have too. Disney is a great place to go but itf you have a handicap person you should be albe to go in front becuase that is what Disney is know for. Keep up the good work Disney!!

September 24 2013 at 9:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
lynnekz

does anyone know where to get info on the new program. I have a daughter who is autistic and she would need to handicapped pass because standing in a large crowd is difficult for her. I believe before all we needed was a letter from her physician stating the need for the handicap pass.

September 24 2013 at 8:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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h0ckeyh0

Especially in cases like this, and I would like to include people with dementia, Alzheimer's and down syndrome, this makes sense. If someone is not mentally handicapped and can understand why they need to wait their turn, I don't see why they should get special treatment, assuming their condition does not cause them physical distress.

September 24 2013 at 11:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Vickie Hoelzer Caput

It's about time Disney! We have seen families arrive in a Disney Park, walk in, obtain a wheelchair, then decide who will ride in the chair first. These are probably the same folks who drive in an Escalade and then text their friends that they are in WDW on their Obama phone!

September 24 2013 at 4:16 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
rodgersmac

First....shame on anyone who hired a line cutter. Second...."Proles"? Really? Is that a term your staff views as acceptable for the people who were correctyly waiting their turn? Nice.

September 24 2013 at 12:34 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
franco.anastasia

I knew a lady who would take a wheel chair to Disney so she wouldn't have to wait.. Horrible.

September 24 2013 at 12:25 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
armaniforher

Your Disney article is wrong and skewed. They are not blocking the lines for disability people all together, the pass will now need to be issued by Disney. My family has season passes and we are there all the time- and it's absolutely disgusting to see the amount of people who try to cut in line, using the disability card who aren't disabled. And it breaks my heart when we see people also in that line who truly are disabled. It's about time Disney is doing this. And your comment about the wealthy "hiring" people to cut in line statement is asinine and far from the truth. Majority of the people who are not disabled standing in those lines are pure trash, and lazy slobs trying to take advatnage of what Disney offered.

September 24 2013 at 11:31 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
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peach2man

The wealthy people do hire people to help cut lines in all parks its a fact my brotherinlaw pays to cut lines. Now the airlines have to stop the fake handicap first seat abuse. Law states one person can accompany a handicapped person not a whole family. Everyone has also seen the dirtbags that use wheelchairs to cut lines and are the first ones to get up and run off the plane.

September 25 2013 at 2:45 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
DAVE VANDENBOSCH

Who do these people think they are politicians !!!!

September 24 2013 at 11:03 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply