Parents are outraged and demanding answers after a man dressed as Santa Claus burst into a children’s music event and started swearing at about 50 children.
The man, who was undergoing Santa duties in another part of the building, stormed the family event in Cambridge, England, on Sunday when a fire alarm went off and urged everyone to evacuate the building.
“People were in the process of vacating the building and in came angry Santa swearing, using the most vile language, ripping off his hat and beard with steam literally coming from his ears,” one mother told Cambridgeshire Live.
The fire alarm had been set off by a smoke machine at the family event, the mother said.
Another parent was so horrified by Santa’s foul-mouthed intrusion that he took to the organiser’s Facebook page to complain.
“The guy dressed as Santa at the corn exchange is [an] absolute disgrace,” they wrote.
“He came charging in, ripped his hat and beard off in front of 50 odd kids and started shouting and swearing at people to leave.
“You should be ashamed of yourself acting like that in front of children.”
Another mum told Cambridgeshire Live that the Santa has told them “to get the f*** out”.
It was like a scene straight out of the holiday comedy film Bad Santa, some parents noted.
But one parent said she was grateful her kids took the Christmas nightmare in their stride.
“My children thankfully didn’t take too much notice. They asked why Santa was being horrible after they heard the crowd outside talking about it,” they said.
Parents have demanded the organisers have a stern word with Santa however in a statement to Yahoo Lifestyle, Festival Events defended his frantic outburst.
“Santa was upstairs in his grotto, an event organised by Festival Events St. Ives (a voluntary organisation) and immediately assisted in the evacuation of the building,” the statement reads.
“FESt wish to apologise for any offence or distress caused to parents and children by the attempts to ensure all visitors and staff had exited the building and were safe.”