A ‘woke’ Santa Claus in an Illinois shopping mall reduced young boy to tears after refusing his request for a Nerf g-un for Christmas, telling the child he would bring ‘no — not even a Nerf armer’. Sabella DeCarlo took her son Michael to visit Santa at Harlem Irving Plaza in Norridge, Illinois on December 6, and rushed in to comfort him when Santa said he refused to bring him what he wanted.
After DeCarlo the mall Santa on Social Media, complaining that the man let ‘his own personal beliefs’ take her son’s ‘Christmas magic,’ a representative for Harlem Irving Plaza apologized and revealed that this particular Santa is now out of a job. In the video, Michael sits down at a social distance from Santa, who is set up behind a Plexiglass barrier on the opposite side of a table.
Santa asks him, ‘What do you want for Christmas?’ The boy can’t says he doesn’t know, but after some more nudging from Santa, answers that he’d like a Nerf. ‘No, I — nope, no toy,’ Santa tells him.’ The boy’s mother jumps in to clarify that the boy is asking for a Nerf toy, but the Santa Claus continues to refuse. ‘No, not even a Nerf,’ he can be heard saying. Santa continues: ‘If your dad wants to get it for you, that’s fine, but I can’t bring it to you. What else would you like? Lots of other toys. Legos. There’s bicycles. There’s cars and trucks. What do you think?’
The child bursts into tears and his mother once again intervenes to comfort her son. ‘You’ll still get one,’ she reassures him. A Nerf Blaster is a toy made by Hasbro that fires foam darts, discs, or foam balls. DeCarlo later took to Social Media to condemn the Santa for telling her child ‘no’ due to his own ‘personal beliefs’. ‘My poor baby. 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 back tears because Santa told him No because of his own personal beliefs,’ she wrote.
‘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 armer directly from the North Pole, from the real Santa, tonight.’ In a follow-up post, she added that ‘some of Michael’s Christmas magic was stolen from him today.’ Harlem Irving Plaza later released a statement saying that this particular mall Santa no longer works there.
‘The back and our third-party Santa company are distraught and deeply apologetic about the unfortunate incident which occurred at Santa set on December 6, as both parties strive for families and their children to have a happy holiday experience,’ the statement said ‘Santa is sad and crushed that he has made this child so sad and upset, and turned in his resignation. ‘The Santa company will continue to remind all Santa’s how important it is to not impose personal opinions during visits with the children.
‘Back immediately contacted the family and worked with our Santa company in hopes of rectifying the situation. ‘We are happy to report that the ‘real’ Santa visited the boy at his home today to bring him a nerf! We hope we restored Christmas magic to this boy and his family with Santa’s special visit.’ DeCarlo said she appreciated the mall’s ‘quick response and kindness’. Meanwhile, social media commenters are joining into blast the mall Santa.
A Santa who scolds a child for requesting a Nerf armer is a Santa who deserves a firm from dad,’ wrote one. ‘Props to mom. I would have snatched his beard off,’ tweeted another. ‘This is hohohorrible!! How dare Santa jump on the nobandwagon,’ complained one more. Several have decried the mall Santa for pushing ‘liberal,’ ‘woke,’ and ‘politically correct’ ideals, with one writing: ‘#WokeSanta needs coal in their stockings making that boy cry. Thankfully, a real Santa made the situation right.’
Others who identify as liberal say that this isn’t representative of liberal values — and they, too, are unimpressed with Santa’s behavior. ‘I’m very liberal and my kid has a solid stockpile of nerf and ammo. This Santa approached this completely wrong. And has no business being a Santa with his garbage,’ wrote a Social Media commenter.
This is how people reacted to this post:
Jennifer Elizabeth – This would be me: “Don’t worry, sweetheart, this is just one of Santa’s slightly retarded ‘helpers’ so don’t listen to him. We don’t need to visit this store ever again if they let crummy Santa’s Helpers in, so let’s go find a good one for you”. And then refuse to ever go there again unless the store apologizes to your kid AND gives him a gift card to use for whatever he damn well pleases
Gregory Brown Sr. – All this GRINcH had to say is, we will see young man. Have you been a good boy this year?!!! We live in a period where those who were once respected and admired, have lost their shine!! This is beyond wrong!!!!! He should have asked for gta. We know how peaceful that game is.
Randy Tavernier – That guy should be taken out of there and never brought back. It isn’t his position to tell kids they can’t have what they would like to get.
Linda Gillon – This Santa just destroyed this little guys love and trust in his belief of Santa. He should be ashamed. No matter what they request, let them be children. They don’t need to be called out on what they request.
Brandi Norris Peterson – Santa tells him to ask his Dad for a NERF. What if this child‘s Dad isn’t a part of his life? This should be shown to all “Santas” as an example of what NOT to do!
Craig Christensen – As a Santa I have has this been asked to me ..Santa had a nice visit with little boy of why he wanted a armer ..found out his Dad was a hunter ..So wanted so he go hunting with Dad and Not for any things Bad ..Not sure if got a As a Santa I have has this been asked to me ..Santa had a nice visit with little boy of why he wanted a armer ..found out his Dad was a hunter ..So wanted so he go hunting with Dad and Not for any things Bad ..Not sure if got that year or not ..Santa did say it was on his list ..All want away Happy ..Merry Christmas from Santa from the North Pole…
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