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Naughty joke gets Santa Claus fired from Macy's

submitted on December 7, 2010 by jack69darin in "Member's Lounge"
Red Face Dec. 7) -- Macy's has fired a veteran Santa Claus at one of its San Francisco stores after a couple complained that a joke he told them was inappropriate.

John Toomey, 68, a popular Kris Kringle at the Union Square Macy's for the past 20 years, was told over the weekend that his services would no longer be needed because of objections from an older woman and her husband who visited him, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

"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,'" Toomey told the newspaper Monday. "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." He said it was the first time anyone complained about the joke.

Toomey told the Chronicle that he doesn't crack the joke when kids sit on his lap.

A Macy's spokeswoman told the Chronicle the company had no comment about the dismissal because it was a personnel matter, but the newspaper said several workers at the department store were distraught that Toomey was let go. "Everybody's just heartsick about this," said one worker, who asked not to be identified because of store policy.

Toomey, meanwhile, said he hopes to get work at parties and other stores. "I've got my Social Security and some savings, so I'll be OK," he told the Chronicle. "But I sure do miss being Santa."

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  • 90950
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    Posted by jack69darin on December 7, 2010
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    I don't think it was inappropriate, especially if kids were not around. Ease up, and have a little humor during the holidays. And, why are these "Older" people on sitting on Santa's lap. That may be the inappropriate thing.
    • equipurple
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      Posted by equipurple on December 7, 2010
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      It's San Francisco, man.
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    Posted by pablos17 on December 7, 2010
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    Just reminded me of the Xmas party we had here at my firm last year. One of our attorneys dressed up as Santa and I just had to nickname him Sexual Harassment Santa because he was telling some raunchy jokes and getting way too personal which made many of the female employees much too uncomfortable. In fact, many left the room to get away from him. Can't wait to see what this year brings.
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    Posted by jack69darin on December 7, 2010
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    Lol Pabloss. Just love the work Christmas party!
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    Posted by orangearrows on December 7, 2010
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    He was cracking those jokes cos am sure people like them in the first place. if there was a complain atleast he could have been given a 2nd chance, especially since he's been there so long. Neutral Red Face Sad Sad
    • pablos17
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      Posted by pablos17 on December 7, 2010
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      Surprisingly there were no complaints. He's been here forever and has been practicing law for 50 years now.
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    Posted by lootango on December 7, 2010
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    Poor Santa! People need to lighten up and laugh a little. I like my Santa to come with a sense of humor, especially when the kids aren't around. Big Grin
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    Posted by CouponNut on December 7, 2010
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    San Francisco is home of the brave!

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