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Man Dressed As Santa Kicked Out Of Mall
WFTV.com ^ | December 23, 2010

Posted on 12/25/2010 12:16:01 PM PST by inflorida

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. -- A man who dressed up as Santa Claus was kicked out of a mall in Boynton Beach. Larry Lester said he wanted to spread some Christmas cheer.

Lester said he put on his Santa suit after doing some shopping at the Boynton Beach Mall Wednesday night. Mall security asked him to leave after receiving complaints from families in line to see the official Santa.

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"I enjoy seeing the kids tell me what they want for Christmas and they get excited seeing Santa Claus," Lester said.

(Excerpt) Read more at wftv.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: creep; mall; santa

1 posted on 12/25/2010 12:16:03 PM PST by inflorida
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To: inflorida

Don’t mess with the ‘Official Santa’ racket.


2 posted on 12/25/2010 12:19:05 PM PST by Pan_Yan
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To: inflorida

Bad Santa!

Regards,


3 posted on 12/25/2010 12:24:18 PM PST by alexander_busek
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To: inflorida
Lester said the mall wanted him out so they could charge for pictures with the commercialized Santa. He also said he isn't sure yet if he will make a visit in his red suit to other malls.

Follow the money

4 posted on 12/25/2010 12:25:38 PM PST by Netizen
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To: inflorida

Lester? As in Mo Lester?


5 posted on 12/25/2010 12:31:49 PM PST by ViLaLuz (2 Chronicles 7:14)
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To: inflorida; Pan_Yan; alexander_busek; Netizen; ViLaLuz

Santa-ing without a license.

We’ve already seen what selling lemonade without gubbermint authorization will get you.


6 posted on 12/25/2010 12:35:06 PM PST by sinanju
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To: sinanju

Those elves have a tight union.


7 posted on 12/25/2010 12:37:40 PM PST by 6SJ7 (atlasShruggedInd = TRUE)
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To: Netizen

I’m sure mall management would be upset if an unauthorized Santa visits with the kids. They have things all set up to have the kids visit the “official” Santa.

And we all know it’s somewhat of a racket with them selling you the pictures of your kids visiting Santa. But the malls want things done in an orderly fashion. An unauthorized Santa on the premises messes with the business plan.


8 posted on 12/25/2010 12:37:46 PM PST by Dilbert San Diego
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To: Dilbert San Diego
Not to mention that the unauthorized Santa may be there to feel up the kids.
9 posted on 12/25/2010 12:45:12 PM PST by org.whodat
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To: org.whodat

Hell he could have just been a TSA officer on break!!


10 posted on 12/25/2010 12:45:46 PM PST by org.whodat
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To: org.whodat

So might the authorized..


11 posted on 12/25/2010 12:46:45 PM PST by Christian Engineer Mass (Leftys who zone in on Palin miss the point. America's not about single figures. That's for NK/Cuba.)
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To: Christian Engineer Mass
No doubt, but remember where-ever there are little kids there are always little women. So and old friend of mine said back in the day!!!
12 posted on 12/25/2010 1:01:24 PM PST by org.whodat
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To: org.whodat

That’s what I would be afraid of if I was mall management. The possibility of a lawsuit would be too great.


13 posted on 12/25/2010 1:24:00 PM PST by Clock King (Ellisworth Toohey was right: My head's gonna explode.)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

is it about money or potential molestors invading mall
s in disguise.


14 posted on 12/25/2010 1:26:09 PM PST by omega4179 (Quem deus vult perdere, dementat prius)
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To: inflorida

He’s fortunate that he didn’t dress up as Jesus... they would have nailed him to a cross.


15 posted on 12/25/2010 1:26:26 PM PST by Gator113 (I'm voting for Sarah Palin, Liberty, our Constitution and American Exceptionalism.)
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To: inflorida
A mall is private property.

The owners can allow or disallow whatever they please.

Except profiling of Moslems.

16 posted on 12/25/2010 1:29:11 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (DEFCON I ALERT: The federal cancer has metastasized. All personnel report to their battle stations.)
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To: inflorida
This is SOP for malls. They don't want costumed entertainers coming in that have not been vetted. They might be robbers or worse.

(”Officer, officer I've been robbed.

What did the robber look like?

Santa Claus.” )

You see the problem.

17 posted on 12/25/2010 1:47:36 PM PST by NathanR (,)
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To: inflorida

There is so much regulated in our society. My daughter was told to take down the hood on her coat in a mall. I can’t take photos in the mall. There are people watching monitors behind closed doors to make sure we are good little citizens.

Are we reaching the tipping point?

We need more flash mobs like this:

http://blog.seattlesymphony.org/?p=1526


18 posted on 12/25/2010 3:05:24 PM PST by jonrick46 (We're being water boarded with the sewage of Fabian Socialism.)
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To: Dilbert San Diego
I’m sure mall management would be upset if an unauthorized Santa visits with the kids. They have things all set up to have the kids visit the “official” Santa.

Look at it from the Mall's point of view. They would have to ask him to leave EVEN IF THEY DIDN'T HAVE an "official" Santa.

Why? Because people will naturally think that a guy dressed as Santa in a mall is there with the Mall's sanction. Especially if the mall takes no action against him.

Now, let's suppose the unofficial Santa molests a child or in some other way acts in a way that will bring a lawsuit or criminal complaint. The mall will be targeted in the lawsuit.

This is why the mall's legal department will not want ANYBODY in the mall who is not a mall employee but who a customer might trustfully mistake as being a mall employee. It doesn't matter if the guy is dressed as Santa, a security guard, or a leprechaun. If the guy might plausibly be taken as somebody other than another customer, security will probably ask him to leave.

19 posted on 12/25/2010 3:19:25 PM PST by PapaBear3625 ("It is only when we've lost everything, that we are free to do anything" -- Fight Club)
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To: sinanju

Look, this Santa took away money from the contracted mall Santa, the fake Santa didn’t have insurance and was not bonded.


20 posted on 12/25/2010 3:30:31 PM PST by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit.)
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To: dragnet2

You gotta point, especially in this day and age of liability mania. The mall couldn’t afford the risk of a rogue Santa who might do who-knows-what operating on its property.


21 posted on 12/25/2010 3:34:00 PM PST by sinanju
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To: inflorida

We only shop at malls that have contracted Santas from bonded employment agencies, which are insured. In fact, contracted and bonded Santas at reputable established malls have undergo criminal background checks, so you don’t have to worry too much about Santa groping the little kids.


22 posted on 12/25/2010 3:35:21 PM PST by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit.)
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To: inflorida

23 posted on 12/25/2010 3:40:59 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: inflorida
The culprit:


24 posted on 12/25/2010 7:34:32 PM PST by twister881
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To: 6SJ7
Santa, when later seen, expressed his dis-satisfaction...


25 posted on 12/25/2010 7:52:07 PM PST by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus - Domari Nolo)
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To: Clock King

Things have really gone off the deep end if a mall can be held liable for a claim against a freelance Santa Claus.


26 posted on 12/25/2010 9:43:18 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America (per bible: am in the world but not of it))
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To: inflorida

“Daddy, Daddy! Why are there *TWO* Santas?!?”


27 posted on 12/26/2010 3:59:03 AM PST by gogogodzilla (Live free or die!)
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