It is every child’s worst nightmare. Kind, benevolent, old St. Nic turns cold and mean. Well, one British Kris Kringle will certainly be getting a lump of coal for Christmas this year.
An irate Santa Claus astonished children at a Christmas event in St Ives, Cambridgeshire, this week when he burst out of his grotto during a fire evacuation to shout and swear at them while tearing off his hat and beard.
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CNN reports that the outburst, in which the irate Santa ripped off his beard and screamed at parents and children to “Get the f**k out!” was prompted by the ringing of a fire alarm.
— Rex (@Walters_Rex) December 13, 2018
I think he was trying to save their lives. All is forgiven.
— Mitzy (@Mitzy81055222) December 14, 2018
— KPF (@kpag92) December 14, 2018
I couldn’t even get through this article w/o laughing!!! I laughed so hard I had tears streaming down my face and my stomach was hurting! BAD SANTA! 😂😂😂😂😭😭😭😭
— Ms. Pittsburgh (@LatrinaStewar10) December 14, 2018
“He came charging in, ripped his hat and beard off in front of 50 odd kids and started shouting and swearing at people to leave,” a present customer posted to Facebook.
“You should be ashamed of yourself acting like that in front of children. There is no way he should be allowed near a child.”
Sadly ANY MAN outside of Billy Bob Thornton #BillyBobThornton WHO Dress Up As #Santa 🎅 Then Have The Balls To Act BAD 👎 Such #Swearing At #kids Who Come To The Mall, Should Be #Beat_Down In The Parking Lot By THOSE SAME KIDS pic.twitter.com/jro6H3UohR
— Minneapolis LonelyHeart (@MinneapolisLon1) December 15, 2018
This despicable person was fired, right?
— Carol J. Harris (@CJoyceHarris1) December 13, 2018
St. Ives FESt issued a formal apology:
“Last Sunday during a family rave event (not a FESt event) in the Corn Exchange, St Ives, the fire alarms were activated by smoke in the Charter Hall.
Santa was upstairs in his grotto, an event organised by Festival Events St Ives (a voluntary organisation) and immediately assisted in the evacuation of the building.
FESt wish to apologise for any offence or distress caused to parents and children by the attempts to ensure all visitors and staff had exited the building and were safe.”
There is no word on whether or not the Bad Santa will return, but parents are not happy.
“My friend’s little boy was upset as his dad was carrying him when Santa told them ‘to get the f— out,'” said a local Cambridgeshire mother. The dad had to then tell the boy that the mall Santa was an impostor and would be going on the naughty list.
Bad Santa! 😡
— BuddahUK 🌈 🇪🇺 (@buddah_uk) December 13, 2018
Bad, bad Santa.