Meeting your idol and realising they’re actually an a-hole in real life can be a real downer – especially when that a-hole turns out to be Santa.
Nine-year-old Anthony Mayse, from North Carolina, had an encounter with the jolly old man none of us would wish upon a kid.
Visiting Santa at a Christmas Event, Anthony asked for an iPod Touch and a drone. Santa’s response? ‘Lay off the hamburgers and french fries.’
Yup, the fat man himself fat shamed a nine-year-old.
Anthony told WLOS TV: “When he got done, he said, ‘Lay off the hamburgers and french fries.’ And that really just disrespected me, and I felt awful.”
Unsurprisingly, Anthony’s mother, Ashley, was also shocked.
She said: “Very rude. I’ve never seen anything like it. I was just mind-blown. I wished a million times that we never went.”
Anthony later tore up the photo he’d taken with Santa.
Town manager John Condrey released this statement:
On Saturday, December 3, the individual who played Santa Claus at the Santa House in Forest City made a remark that he regretted. He apologized to the parent, the child and the Town. A town representative spoke to the Mother on Monday and also apologized. On Tuesday, that individual who portrayed Santa Claus and was scheduled for the next two Fridays and Saturdays has informed the Town he would no longer provide his service as Santa to the Town.
In response to the statement, Ashley told the Huffington Post:
I hate that it came down to that, but I’m glad he’s gone and no other children will have to go through what my son did Saturday. It was really heartbreaking.
Unfortunately, Santas behave badly sometimes. Hopefully Anthony doesn’t take his remarks to heart.