One mall Santa was a real Grinch when he made a boy cry because he wouldn’t bring him a Nerf gun for Christmas.
The boy’s mother posted a video of the incident online. Though it was unclear where this took place, it was later reported to have happened at Harlem Irving Plaza in Norridge, Illinois, The Washington Times reported. Afterward, Santa, who was dubbed “Woke Santa” on social media, later resigned over the incident.
In the video, Santa asks the boy what he wants for Christmas. While you can’t hear his response, Santa responds “No. No guns.” The boy’s mother clarifies off-camera that he meant Nerf guns.
“Nope, not even a Nerf gun,” he says to her.
Then Kris Kringle drops the holiday hammer.
“Nope,” he says, “if your dad wants to get it for you that’s fine, but I can’t bring it to you.” He then presses the kid to come up with another toy that he’d like under the Christmas tree.
“What else would you like?” he asks. “Lots of other toys. Legos. There’s bicycles. There’s cars and trucks. What do you think?”
The young boy doesn’t know how to respond and starts to cry. His mom steps in and comforts him and tells him “You’ll still get it.”
Boy’s Mom Responds Online
A woman named Sabella DeCarlo, who appears to be the boy’s mom, skewered old Saint Nick on her Facebook page.
“My poor baby,” she wrote. “This was the first year Michael was excited to go see Santa. It was supposed to be magical but instead I had to watch my sweet little boy fight back tears because Santa told him No because of his own personal beliefs. I had to think fast and explain to him that this Santa was just a helper and not the real guy. I just wanted to console my baby and get him out of there, flipping out on Santa would have only made it worse. His Elfie is going to bring him a Nerf gun directly from the North Pole, from the real Santa, tonight.”
People online called bah humbug on the mean mall Santa.
“Hes the modern version of the evil Santa in “A Christmas Story.” The kid was a wimp but all the guy had to do was say okay! So messed up for santa to say “no” to a kid,” one person wrote on the YouTube video.
‘Woke Santa’ Resigns, ‘Real Santa’ Gifts Boys Nerf Gun
The mall subsequently wrote on Facebook that they were “distraught and deeply apologetic” over Santa’s behavior.
“Santa is heartbroken and crushed that he has made this child so sad and upset, and turned in his resignation,” Harlem Irving Plaza said on Facebook. “The Santa company will continue to remind all Santa’s how important it is to not impose personal opinions during visits with the children.”
The mall added that the real Santa had delivered a Nerf gun to the boy. They posted a video of the gift delivery.
DeCarlo said she was satisfied with the outcome, The Washington Time said.