Hurricane Irma evacuees at a Walt Disney Co. (DIS) - Get Walt Disney Company Report resort were left "appalled" at the food and beverage prices as Hurricane Irma hit Florida on Sunday, Sept. 10, but a a Disney spokeswoman said it's an "isolated situation" that's since been rectified.
Small bottles of Dasani water were selling for $2 at Disney's Art of Animation Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, while Minute Maid apple juice boxes fetched $2.69. Twitter user Jennifer Bruns -- who posted the below photo -- told TheStreet that her friends were stranded there and that she was "totally appalled" at the prices, which allegedly included $15 for a hamburger.
The Disney spokeswoman said that an "over-anxious cast member" had put out the food and pricing information in a scramble to take care of those stranded by the hurricane, adding that the company is offering "a variety of food and beverages available at discounted prices," with a menu pictured below. She said that Disney has donated pillows, blankets and sheets to the American Red Cross and is housing medical staff from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
And others sheltering at Disney properties were pleased with their stays and the food prices.
Bruns is not the first to allege that companies are exploiting the disaster, which has Floridians scrambling for short supplies of gas, food and other staples.
Millions of Florida residents evacuated this weekend as Hurricane Irma, the strongest hurricane ever to emerge from the Atlantic, advanced toward Naples, Florida. Disney tweeted about some of its parks' efforts to accommodate those stranded by the hurricane.
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