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Santa Claus fired for telling kid the Maple Leafs 'suck'

By Adam Gretz | Hockey writer

There's nothing wrong with telling the truth. It's just that sometimes it gets you in some trouble, and could even lead to you losing your job.

Like when you're a mall Santa Claus and you inform a 3-year-old kid his favorite hockey team, in this case the Toronto Maple Leafs, kind of ... well ... "sucks."

That's what happened in Toronto recently when a Santa Claus insulted a 3-year-old kid for his wardrobe (he referred to him as Paul Bunyan after seeing his red plaid coat) and then told him he shouldn't be wearing a Maple Leafs hat because "they suck."

Shawn Jeffords of the Toronto Sun has the details:

Mary Trent says she was shocked by the behaviour of the Lowe's Toronto Christmas Market Santa Claus as her son approached him. After Santa arrived a half hour late for his appearance, he proceeded to insult the boy's red plaid coat.

“The first thing he tells my son is, ‘Oh, you look like Paul Bunyan,' ” she said. “Really? Is that appropriate?

“Then he said, ‘Oh, you're wearing a Toronto Maple Leafs tuque, you shouldn't be wearing that, they suck.' At that point, I took my son and told him we should go, Santa isn't being very good today.”

That has to be the meanest Santa Claus since the one who kicked Ralphie down the slide.

Naturally, the kid cried the entire way home, according to his mother.

As for the Santa Claus? He was fired.

(H/T Backhand Shelf)

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