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Family outraged after Universal Studios employee makes 'OK' sign in photo with their 7-year-old daughter. Now the employee is out of a job.


'It's more than the OK sign'

Image source: USA Today video screenshot

An unnamed Universal Studios employee is no longer employed after making the "OK" hand gesture in a photo with a 7-year-old girl.

The "OK" symbol is recognized by some groups as a racist hate symbol meant to promote white supremacy.

What are the details?

Tiffiney and Richard Zinger took their children to Orlando, Florida, in March for a vacation.

The family attended a character breakfast during their vacation, where their autistic daughter requested to have her photo taken with an employee dressed up as Gru from the animated family film "Despicable Me."

After the family returned from their vacation, they scanned their photos only to find that the employee made the "OK" gesture with his hands while standing next to their daughter. Immediately outraged, the family complained to Universal Studios.

Richard told USA Today that people just don't understand what the hand gesture means.

"It's more than the 'OK' sign," he insisted. "A lot of people don't understand what that sign means."

Last week, the Anti-Defamation League added the "OK" sign to their comprehensive database of hate symbols. The database, according to the ADL, features symbols which are the "modern calling cards of hate."

Richard added, "I've been emotionally distraught about it. I'm still pretty upset that someone felt they needed to do this to children."

Tiffiney added that her daughter could have been damaged by the incident.

"It can cause emotional stress on my child and her development," she told the outlet.

What else?

Universal Studios reportedly attempted to give the family free tickets to the resort to compensate for the incident, but eventually fired the unnamed employee.

In a statement, the company said, "We never want our guests to experience what this family did. This is not acceptable and we are sorry — and we are taking steps to make sure nothing like this happens again.

"We can't discuss specifics about this incident, but we can confirm that the actor no longer works here," the spokesperson continued. "We remain in contact with the family and will work with them privately to make this right."

Tiffiney is sad that her daughter had to endure this.

"We just wanted to take them to see the minions," Tiffiney lamented. "Do something special for our family and this person ruined that special warm feeling."

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