Real-Life ‘Bad Santa’ Pisses Parents Off And Makes Children Cry

Santa ClausSanta was fired this week. Don’t worry, not the real Santa. Just a crappy mall impostor with a penchant for making children cry.

I thought grumpy Santa’s were the stuff of legend and hilarious Christmas movies. It turns out they really do exist. One got fired last week for being a grumpy asshole. I would think it was kind of hilarious, if it weren’t for the crying, traumatized children.

Angry parents took to Facebook to notify Santa’s employer, The Maine Mall of South Portland, that they were paying someone to ruin Christmas. Parents accused Santa of things like not letting kids sit on his lap if they didn’t purchase a picture package and making children cry. Here are some comments from angry parents on the Maine Mall Facebook page:

Very disappointed in Santa this year. My girls were hesitant to see him (they have never hesitated before) and he made my son cry.


He made my 11 year old son cry – basically told him he was being greedy – my son who has neurological problems and very much believes was so confused!!! I don’t know what to do now. If I take him to a new Santa elsewhere my kids might notice the difference. They have always believed the mall had the real Santa.


He was rude and inappropriate and didn’t act like a Santa at all. I am upset over this I can’t even sleep. We usually wait , but had to run some errands and figured we’d stop by while watching the trains and no line Big mistake – now I have a very confused child wondering why Santa was mean to him.


If any of you have little ones DON’T bring them to see Santa at The Maine Mall. One mom and her little girl came all the way just to see him, but because they had no money for pictures she was not allowed to say hi and put his hands across his lap so she couldn’t even sit on him. The little girl was heartbroken.

Bah, Humbug, Santa – you jerk. I scoured the Facebook page to see if anyone complained that he was smoking a cigar and reeking of whiskey just to make the awful image complete. No luck.

I understand that this must be one the crappiest jobs ever, what with the hot polyester suit and tons of children sitting on your lap barking Christmas present orders at you all day long – but geez. Kindness is a prerequisite for some jobs. A job where you emulate a young child’s Christmas hero is definitely one of them.

You suck, Santa.

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  • Eve Vawter

    hahahah! “You suck, santa.”

  • Tea

    Wow, that is seriously not a job you take on for the pay or without the right personality. I’ve known a few santas and one of my close friends was an easter bunny, and they all do it because they love kids/the holidays. It may be a minimum wage job with really sucky moments, but you don’t do it for the pay, and you especially don’t do it if you don’t like kids/can’t get into character.

    In short, what a big, red, asshat.

  • Byron

    Umm, why does it sound to me like the “no purchase, no sitting on lap” was not the Santa’s idea but of the management? Does a guy in a Santa suit actually get to make the rules for who sits on him and who doesn’t? Don’t the higher-ups make this choice?

    Oh and if the kid is 11 and still believes in Santa and would actually cry from him being “mean”, he has much bigger problems which the parent should be busy addressing over this guy’s rude behavior.

    • Jenni

      Yeah, he does have bigger problems: Neurological problems. It even says so in the quoted comment. And I’m sure the parents are addressing said ‘problem,’ thanks so much for your concern.

  • gothicgaelicgirl

    one of my oldest family friends (actually my dads friend) is a tall man with a deep voice, a big belly and long white hair and a beard.
    every year he gets little kids following him around the place asking to sit on his lap and asking him why he’s not dressed in his santa suit (his response is that Mrs. Claus is washing it)
    if he can have the patience to sit and talk with each child (it happens as early as october) without being paid, surely this eejit can put on a smile for a few hours?

    He is such a lovely person, one year he actually carried a bag of candy canes and handed them out to any little child who came up to him, and he also dressed up to visit the childrens hospital in dublin.
    This all off his own idea, that if he is mean or ignores the kids, then the short time they have the magic of santa, will be ended early.
    He never had kids of his own and so loves spending time with them and talking to them.
    parents are always delighted too, and many have spotted him again and slipped him a bottle of wine or a fruitcake to say thank you.

    surely, SURELY, not all santas are like this guy described above??

  • cheeky cute face

    Santa,if you are reading this smash your computer now!If you even care about what I am saying,Listen!!!You suck mr. weirdo!If you are not Santa fakey man, then listen closely,U SUCK!!!!!!!! I guess it’s no money,no pictures,no lap.I always have known that he was a phoney baloney THE END!!!