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

by Julie Ryan Evans on November 26, 2012 at 10:08 AM

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?

 

Image via Bart Fields/Flickr

 

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  • Laure...
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    Lauren Borkowski

    November 26, 2012 at 10:19 AM

    I hate to break it to ya, but Santa isn't real. Just saying. 


  • Melis...
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    Melissa Owsiany Reineke

    November 26, 2012 at 10:23 AM

    Yes, he is! 


  • MammaMel
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    MammaMel

    November 26, 2012 at 10:31 AM
    Lauren, I sure hope you aren't actually a mom!!! Santa DOES exist, and will for all of my sons life...just like he still does when I am at my parents for the Holiday's!!! What's wrong with keeping the magic alive?
  • Brand...
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    Brandy Wile

    November 26, 2012 at 10:33 AM

    Seriously?!?!? We are arresting people for telling the truth now? Wow.


  • Doomy234
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    Doomy234

    November 26, 2012 at 10:34 AM
    What if he had shouted "Santa IS real"? Would he still have been arrested I wonder? Just a thought.
    Poor guy. This must have been the year that he found out that mom and dad had been buying his presents all along. :P
  • Doomy234
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    Doomy234

    November 26, 2012 at 10:37 AM
    Brandy, I was about to say the same thing when I read the title. But he was being drunk and obnoxious, he wasnt arrested for saying Santa isnt real.
  • hello...
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    hellokd87

    November 26, 2012 at 10:41 AM

    I was just thinking the same thing. Seriously? I understand people want to protect the "innocent fantasy" of children but how long are you going to let them go around living in a fantasy world? I found a receipt of Christmas presents from "Santa" and realized that it was really my parents. Guess what? It was no big deal. I didn't throw a tantrum or a fit. I just said "Oh", got over it and moved on.


  • Sarah...
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    Sarah Welsh

    November 26, 2012 at 10:51 AM
    So, I'm guessing you'd all be perfectly okay if someone got drunk in a movie theater and started yelling out the ending? It's not that he's telling the truth, it's that he's causing damage. Yes, you all as adults know the truth, but he got drunk and started traumatizing children. Yes, at that age, it is traumatic. Sure, they'll get over it, but that's not really the point. And he didn't get arrested for telling the truth. He got arrested for causing a drunken disturbance.
  • power...
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    powertothekids

    November 26, 2012 at 11:07 AM

    i think it is mean to do this and he WAS making a disturbance and maybe he wouldnt have been arrested if he yelled santa is real but think about this the KIDS would be crying and sobbing helping with the disturbance when he said that santa is not real


  • Jessi...
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    Jessica S

    November 26, 2012 at 11:09 AM
    I think it's sad that people have to believe in something to be happy. Just like believing in Jesus Christ. Yeah he may have been a person. But I don't believe in what was written in the bible. And if your child chooses to believe Santa is real then let them. But if my kid came up and said is Santa real? I would say He was a person who lived a long time ago and the story of how he came about. But to tell your children that some fat guy in a red suit flies a sled with reindeer on it. You've got problems. People have no common sense now a days. Yes I do have a child and she loves me and I don't sugarcoat stuff like half of parents do now. I don't even get why parents do it. Parents say if you aren't good you will be on the naughty list and have no presents. And when Christmas Day comes the spoiled brat still gets presents. Really? Quite sad. My daughter will get presents regardless. That's celebrating Christmas. But what I would do is tell her if she doesn't behave she will get those toys taken away. Just like I would any other normal day. Bring on the hate. I know there's some ignorant parents wanting to spew their venom at me. Difference is. I don't care cause at the end of the day. I have my wonderful daughter and you've got your brat.
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