Rampaging Bad Santas Shut Down Movie Theater

It's Santa anarchy as drunken vandals trash cinema & trip fire alarm
By Colleen Barry,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 24, 2007 2:47 AM CST
Palestinian Christian youths dressed as Santa Claus perform during a Christmas market in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2007. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – What the ho? Moviegoing New Zealanders were forced out of a theater when some 50 drunken hooligans dressed as Santa invaded a cineplex, trashing posters and other property, shouting "Ho f---ing ho!" and setting off a fire alarm before running off. Police think the troublemakers were college students, but they couldn't be identified on security cameras through their hats and beards.

One customer said the gang showed up Saturday afternoon "kicking things over, ripping down posters and smashing everything in sight." The incident may have been linked to "Santarchy," a bizarre movement in which people dressed as Santa go wild in cities from Los Angeles to Montreal. The theater manager called the incident a big "disappointment for the other people who were there."