HR Strange But True!
June 08, 2001

It took almost two months at the negotiating table, but the union representing those who spend long hours in Mickey Mouse and Cinderella suits at Walt Disney World have won the fight for clean undergarments.

Under the terms of a tentative contract, the workers will be assigned individual undergarments, which they can take home each night to clean themselves, instead of relying on Disney launderers.

Many of the characters must wear Disney-issued jock straps, tights, or bike shorts underneath their costumes because regular underwear bunches up and becomes noticeable. At the end of their shifts, they turn in the undergarments, along with the rest of their costume. The Disney laundry has the responsibility of cleaning everything, but apparently, things don't come back squeaky-clean: There have been three cases of costumed workers getting pubic lice or scabies during the past two years.

"Things have been passed around," said Gary Steverson, a stilt walker at the Animal Kingdom. "I know I don't want to share my tights, and I don't want to share my underwear."

Source: San Francisco Chronicle.

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