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July 16, 2016

Disney World employee fired, rehired for tweet about alligators at park

A Walt Disney World employee was rehired after being fired for posting on social media a photo of a sign about alligators at the resort, according to a report.

The Orlando Sentinel reports that Shannon Sullivan, an intern in the Disney College Program, shared the photo via Twitter because she was offended by the sign that was posted in a break room.

The sign instructed workers to lie when asked by guests if they have seen alligators around the park. It read:

"If a guest asks if we have gators in the water around Tom Sawyer's Island (or any other bodies of water), the correct and appropriate response is, 'Not that we know of, but if we see one, we will call Pest Management to have it removed.' Please do not say that we have seen them before. We do not want our guests to be afraid while walking around Frontierland. As a reminder, this is a serious matter. Please do not make jokes with our guests about this. Thank you!"

Sullivan said her manager confronted her on Thursday about the photo and fired her.

The Orlando Sentinel inquired about the termination and discovered that "on Friday morning, Magic Kingdom Vice President Dan Cockerell paid a personal visit to Sullivan to offer her the job back. She will return to work until later this month, when her internship was originally scheduled to end."

Disney claimed that no one will be disciplined over the incident and it has advised workers to tell guests to alert security if they see an alligator.

In June, a 2-year-old boy was killed when he was attacked by an alligator in shallow water at the edge of the Seven Seas Lagoon at Disney's Grand Floridian resort.

To read the Orlando Sentinel's full story, click here.