"Santa Claus" went on a decidedly un-merry rant in England on Sunday, yelling and cursing at children at a local nonprofit group's event. The event, billed as a chance for kids to meet Santa, took place in the same building as an unrelated family-friendly rave, the Guardian reports. When a smoke machine at the rave set off a fire alarm, forcing the building to be evacuated, the man playing jolly old St. Nick lost it, allegedly shouting at attendees to "get the f--- out" and ripping off his hat and fake beard.
"I do think though the reason Santa was raging was because they booked a kids’ rave on the same day as kids going to see Santa upstairs above the event," says one witness. "He probably sat there trying to talk to kids with thumping music playing and was pissed-off. The fire alarm going off was probably the final straw for him." At least one attendee says a child at the event was distressed as a result of Santa's actions. The nonprofit said Santa was simply trying to assist with the evacuation, CNN reports. The organization apologized in a statement for "any offense or distress caused ... by the attempts to ensure all visitors and staff had exited the building and were safe." (This guy told kids Santa wasn't real, got arrested.)