Mall Fires Grumpy Santa

He wouldn't let one kid sit on his lap
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 6, 2012 1:51 PM CST

(Newser) – Ho ho ... humbug? A mall in Maine has sacked Santa Claus after children and parents complained he was rude, grumpy, and wouldn't even let one child sit on his lap. Jessica Mailhiot and her 6-year-old daughter, Chantel, went to see Santa this week, and told a local TV station 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 she'd get an "American football." When the mom posted her story online, others shared similar experiences. The Maine Mall in South Portland says it hopes to have a jollier Santa in place ASAP. (Read more Christmas stories.)

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