December 6, 2012

Maine mall sacks Santa after rudeness complaints

Mall officials say they are looking for a jollier Santa and hope to have him in place today.

Video segment from WGME-TV newscast

The Associated Press

SOUTH PORTLAND — A Maine mall has sacked Santa Claus after children and parents complained he was rude, grumpy and wouldn't even let one child sit on his lap.

Officials at the Maine Mall in South Portland say they are looking for a jollier Santa and hope to have him in place Thursday.

Jessica Mailhiot and her 6-year-old daughter, Chantel, went to see Santa this week. They tell WGME-TV he was rude and wouldn't let the girl sit on his lap when they said they didn't want to buy a $20 photo.

Chantel says when she asked Santa for an American Girl doll, he replied "American football."

When the Arundel mom posted her story online, others shared similar experiences.

The station contacted the sacked Santa, but he did not want to comment.

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