Originally written December 07, 2012 on The Last Angry Fan:
Looks like Santa may have to add himself to the naughty list this year, after the jolly old elf stationed at Lowe’s Toronto Christmas Market told a 3-year-old kid wearing a plaid coat and Toronto Maple Leafs winter hat that the coat made him look like Paul Bunyan, and that he should lose the hat because the Leafs suck. Needless to say neither the young lad or his mother were very happy with the glib Saint Nick, and after complaining to the organizers of the Christmas Market via Facebook (as well as posting the photo seen here), were offered up an apology for Santa’s tasteless remarks.  Shortly thereafter it was confirmed that the dude in the Santa suit was unceremoniously canned. From the Toronto Sun… 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.” Trent said her son was inconsolable and cried all the way home to Mississauga. “He wanted to know who Paul Bunyan was? He wanted to know why Santa said the Toronto Maple Leafs suck,” Trent told the Sun Thursday. “I told him Santa was having a bad day. I can’t really tell him Santa’s a jerk.” To be honest, the Paul Bunyan crack was not so much an insult as it was a terrible attempt at some sort of playful humor, and the  reference to the North American folklore legend was obviously lost on the kid and his mother.  Now if he had told the kid that he looked like Paul Bunyan and his mother looked like Babe the blue ox, then the mother would have reason to be outraged.  As for telling the child the Leafs suck, well, it’s not like Santa was lying.  But don’t worry kid, the same chubby, bearded fellow who told you your beloved hockey team sucks is the same dude who will bring you a boatload of presents on Christmas morning.  It’s funny how the universe balances out that way.
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