Naughty, Naughty Man Gets Arrested for Telling Kids Santa Isn't Real

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Santa ClausSo many times there is no justice in the world when people are just jerks. There are typically no laws against rude, selfish behavior, and so the assholes of the world go about ruining things for the rest of us with no repercussions. Once in awhile, however, they get just what they deserve, like this 24-year-old man recently did when he started trying to dash the Christmas dreams of some kids at a parade.

According to the Toronto Star, the man, who hasn't been identified (but should be so he can be publicly taunted as well), was drunk and belligerent at an annual Santa Claus parade in Kingston, Ontario. Then he started yelling his Grinch-like declaration, "Santa isn't real!"

It makes me seethe just reading about it. The fact that the paper reports that his hair was gelled to looked like two devil horns is not so surprising. 

But this time good triumphed over evil, and police arrested him. Not for crushing Christmas dreams officially, but rather for creating a disturbance by being drunk and breach of probation. Still the message was clear. A rep from the police there, Const. Steve Koopman, said: “It was pretty despicable that someone, during this time of the year, would tell kids Santa isn’t real — which of course we would argue."

Despicable indeed. I have no delusions that we can keep our children in bubbles forever, but there are just some places strangers should never go.

A friend once told me that she will never waiver from her message to her children, "If you don't believe, you don't receive," even when they're grown. I've adopted that philosophy as well and see no reason to ever tell them any differently if they're 4 or 40. Other parents approach it differently, and that's fine, but as far as I'm concerned there's too little magic in the world as it is.

While you can't stop kids from telling each other what they think they know (and yes, I am still pissed at a certain boy from second grade who tried to dash my son's dreams, but failed), it's different when it comes from adults who should know better. It's just mean, plain and simple.

So I love that this guy got arrested. And I hope he knows that he's going to have to work really hard if he has any chances of getting off the naughty list. There's going to be coal in his stocking for a long time to come!

Do you think he got what he deserved?


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Megan Lee

Well.. As a Kingstonian... I think that this guy was just being a drunk dick.
There's not a WHOLE lot of crime here, so yeah, I'm glad they took him in... Legal excuse, drunk in public...Moral excuse, the guy's an asshole.

Wendy... Wendybird68

Sorry, but for some reason this made me laugh.

nonmember avatar JS

Oh and you say he's traumatizing kids? You parents are the ones doing it by lying to them in the first place! Grow up already. We have.

Sarah UsedtobeZech Cone

Your headline is misleading. I HATE it when bloggers/writers/journalists do this! IF YOU ARE GOOD ENOUGH, you don't NEED to make shit up just to get people to read your material.****************************************

********************Since he got arrested for being drunk,public disturbance and violating probation then In that case, YES he got what he deserved.

But c'mon now...I think a lot of people are making a really big deal out of what he told kids Santa wasn't real. As a parent you can either then tell the kids the truth or say, "wow did you see that crazy man? Saying Santa isn't real, can you believe that? Sheesh. I sure am glad he police came and now can get him the help he needs!"  There.Problem solved.It's called 'Parenting'.   :) 

Nancy Wyatt

Should have yelled Jesus isn't real.   Then those of you complaining he was "telling the truth" would be singing a different song, wouldn't you?

Tawnea Lawry

No. He wasn't arrested for saying "Santa isn't real.". He was arrested for being drunk and beligerant in public, which is ya know, an actual crime. If parents choose to tell their children that Santa doesn't exist, that is their prerogative. My kids are all teenagers and no longer believe in Santa, that does not mean though that they don't believe in the spirit of giving. One does not have to believe in Santa to have the holiday spirit.

CPN322 CPN322

He was arrested for being drunk and disorderly in public....not for yelling that santa isn't real. Come on people.

nonmember avatar Bestmomever! Ha

There's some real jerks on this website. Santa is fun!!!! Jeez. Stop being so freakin serious all the time. And stop calling my kid a brat because we like to play Santa..

nonmember avatar Megan

Seriously? "Yes, you all as adults know the truth, but he got drunk and started traumatizing children" If children are being traumatized by this it isn't this drunk idiot's fault. It would be because their parents LIED.

nonmember avatar Darrah Johnston

I agree with Jessica S. my kids believed in Santa, mostly from outside influence, and not from us. We never really encouraged or discouraged it. When our oldest (6 1/2) asked if he was real, we weren't going to lie to her and we simply asked what she thought. She concluded on her own that Santa isn't real, because reindeer don't fly, normal sized people can't fit down a chimney (let alone someone who is overweight), and giving presents to everyone in the whole world in one night is impossible...because he knows magic isn't real. Magic is an illusion. She was mildly upset, more along the lines of saying she wished he could be real, because that would be cool, but she got over it within 24 hours. I don't know why you would outright lie about it when asked, and say all that stuff is real- to me, that is more cruel. We did tell her not to tell other kids, because some kids really believe it strongly and their feelings might get hurt if she told them he wasn't real.

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