84-year-old Joseph Cosgrove is suing Disneyland for canceling his membership in Club 33, the exclusive Disneyland restaurant that charges an $11,000 annual membership. A Disney spokesperson said Cosgrove was guilty of breaking several club rules over the years.
The final straw for Disney was when Cosgrove's friend auctioned charity passes to Club 33 that Cosgrove had given him. Cosgrove, who was one of the first 100 members of the club that opened in 1967, says he didn't know that his friend had auctioned the passes, and that Disneyland should have just temporarily suspended his membership to give him time to appeal.
Suzi Brown, a spokeswoman for Disneyland, said the incident was not Cosgrove's first offense. "Over the years, the Cosgroves repeatedly transferred and sold their membership privileges, which was a clear violation of membership rules," she said. "Unfortunately, we were left with no other choice in order to preserve the integrity of membership."
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