Originally posted on Larry Brown Sports  |  Last updated 12/10/12

A man who was acting as Santa Claus at a festival in Toronto was fired for telling a young boy that the Maple Leafs suck. The Santa apparently showed up 30 minutes late for his gig at Lowe’s Toronto Christmas Market and then proceeded to insult a 3-year-old boy. “The first thing he tells my son is, ‘Oh, you look like Paul Bunyan,’” the child’s mother told the Toronto Sun. “Really? Is that appropriate? “Then he said, ‘Oh, you’re wearing a Toronto Maple Leafs tuque, you shouldn’t be wearing that, they suck.’” The mother took the insults as a clear sign to leave. She says her son was crying all the way home and asked who Paul Bunyan was. The mother says all she could tell her son was that Santa was having a bad day. Upset over the issue, the mother went on the festival’s Facebook page to complain. She was told the person acting as Santa had been fired for his conduct. And here we were thinking this sort of thing only happened in movies. This is the exact sort of thing that could scar a poor child for life. Stick tap to Backhand Shelf via Puck Daddy

This article first appeared on Larry Brown Sports and was syndicated with permission.

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