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The happiest spray on earth? Disney altercation video raises security questions

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A four-minute, profanity-heavy altercation between a seemingly drunk man and an employee of Disney's California Adventure was recorded Saturday afternoon by a park visitor.

The incident occurred near the "Tower of Terror" attraction where the suspect is seen punching, kicking, and grabbing a costumed park worker -- dressed as a bellhop in a straw hat -- who was attempting to subdue him with a repellent spray.

Despite long blasts to the face, the happiest spray on Earth administered by the Disney employee did very little to stop the suspect, who continued to curse and fight and ultimately knock the employee to the ground.

The suspect -- 53-year-old Glenn Horlacher -- was eventually restrained on the ground by two guests until authorities arrived. He was arrested for battery and assault by Anaheim police, booked into jail, and later released on a citation.

Said Disney spokesperson Suzi Brown:

"Our security cast member was taken to a local hospital where he was treated for the injuries he sustained and then released. We appreciate the actions of the guests who came to his aid during this uncharacteristic incident."

Calls to Disney regarding the type of spray used in the incident were not immediately returned. Widely reported as "pepper spray," use of the inflammatory mist seems unlikely given the suspect's exposure and response.

Events leading up to the confrontation are unknown.

WARNING: Explicit language (NSFW)

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