Skip to comments.Man Dressed As Santa Kicked Out Of Mall
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.
"I enjoy seeing the kids tell me what they want for Christmas and they get excited seeing Santa Claus," Lester said.
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Don’t mess with the ‘Official Santa’ racket.
Follow the money
Lester? As in Mo Lester?
Santa-ing without a license.
We’ve already seen what selling lemonade without gubbermint authorization will get you.
Those elves have a tight union.
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.
Hell he could have just been a TSA officer on break!!
So might the authorized..
That’s what I would be afraid of if I was mall management. The possibility of a lawsuit would be too great.
is it about money or potential molestors invading mall
s in disguise.
He’s fortunate that he didn’t dress up as Jesus... they would have nailed him to a cross.
The owners can allow or disallow whatever they please.
Except profiling of Moslems.
(”Officer, officer I've been robbed.
What did the robber look like?
Santa Claus.” )
You see the problem.
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:
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.
Look, this Santa took away money from the contracted mall Santa, the fake Santa didn’t have insurance and was not bonded.
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.
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.
Things have really gone off the deep end if a mall can be held liable for a claim against a freelance Santa Claus.
“Daddy, Daddy! Why are there *TWO* Santas?!?”