A Florida woman took her children to Disney World for a fun weekend but was denied service at the hotel. When she asked why she was not allowed to stay there, she was shocked by what she was told. Now, the mother is taking legal action.
Tammy Lemasters was denied service at Disney World and when she asked what was wrong, she was told that it was because her driver’s license listed her as a sexual predator. She was shocked by the revelation as she has no history of any such crime.
“I was afraid to drive in my car,” Lemasters said. “I was afraid of getting pulled over. I was afraid of the kids being in the car.”
According to the New York Daily News, Lemasters is now planning to file a lawsuit against the Lake County Tax Collector’s office for defamation after she says a computer glitch caused the phrase “sexual predator” to be printed on her license.
“It reminds me of the book, ‘The Scarlet Letter,'” said Lemasters’ attorney John Phillips. “She walked around with that on her license, not knowing where it had been reported. This is completely, completely avoidable by just putting in some sort of default on the computer.”
Phillips says that an office clerk had checked off “yes” for “sexual predator” rather than “organ donor” while filling out forms on a computer. He is also representing three others in the state who have had the same thing happen to them.
“That’s just preposterous,” Phillips said. “I’d be willing to bet it’s happened hundreds of hundreds of times.”