WLLR's Is It The News...Or Not?


Which is true?

The Headlines:

  • Man Grows 55 Foot Sunflower To See If He Could Climb It Into Sky (FAKE)
  • Woman Claims Someone Broke In And Made Two Mustard Sandwiches (FAKE)
  • Great Grandmother Sues Disney Over CBD Oil Arrest In Park (REAL)

Hester Burkhalter thought she was going to the happiest place on earth when visiting Disney World’s Magic Kingdom in Orlando, Florida, with her two adopted children. However, she was anything but happy after she claims police officers were called because a security worker at the park discovered CBD oil in her bag during an inspection before entering the park. The incident took place in 2019 when Burkhalter was 69 years old. The lawsuit claims that she was arrested and detained by officers for the oil, which was for medicinal purposes and did not contain THC but was used to treat arthritis. She claims she was handcuffed in front of her 8- and 10-year-old children and taken to the jail where she says she was forced to strip for a cavity search. Burkhalter, who has five adult children in addition to the two adopted kids, also said she had a panic attack while in police custody and vomited. Burkhalter was later released and the charges against her dropped but is suing for more than $18 million in damages, citing assault and battery, false arrest and imprisonment, emotional distress, among other claims.