The beloved Santa Claus at the Union Square Macy's in San Francisco was fired after the store received complaints that he cracked a naughty joke ... wait. Wasn't this a movie?
If you are having flashbacks to Miracle on 34th Street, you wouldn't be that far off the mark: The man affectionately known to customers and co-workers as "Santa John" was canned after more than 20 years for telling the wrong joke to the wrong older couple. Here's the joke, which he has been telling to grown-ups for years:
When I ask the older people who sit on my lap if they've been good and they say, "Yes," I say, "Gee, that's too bad." Then, if they ask why Santa is so jolly, I joke that it's because I know where all the naughty boys and girls live.
*Cringe* Not the most appropriate joke in the world; still, being fired seems like a cruel and usual punishment in this case .... The good news for the believers among us is that Santa John has been hired by Lefty O'Douls.
Were you offended by Santa's joke?
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