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Sacked Santa!

BY Daniel Gorry
Employment law
BG Purple

Fed up of festive cheer already? Spare a thought for those working in retail- two months of sleigh bells jinglin’ on never-ending repeat, customers fighting over the last must-have kids toy on the shelf and queues as long as Santa’s naughty or nice list.

All that enforced merriment is sure to make even the most resolute optimist a bit grumpy. 

That being said, you wouldn’t expect someone who is a complete Grinch to take a job as the jolliest man this side of the North Pole. So we were baffled when we came across the story of one mall Santa in Maine who was given his sledging orders after customers complained that he was too rude and grumpy.  

Apparently this scrooge refused to let kids sit on his lap unless they paid $20 for a photo and told youngsters they wouldn’t be getting what they asked for on their Christmas list. Think less St Nick and more Father Jack on eggnog. 

Unsurprisingly, the mall was ho ho ho-rrified by the bad Santa’s behaviour and promptly gave him the sack. Tis the season to be jolly, after all!

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