A Santa Clause in Cambridgeshire attracted the ire of parents after he launched into an expletive-filled rant in front of children.
Organisers of the Father Christmas Grotto experience at the Corn Exchange in St Ives, Cambridgeshire have apologised.
Angry Santa had apparently lost his temper after a smoke machine at a children’s party set off the fire alarm in the same building the grotto took place.
A dad recalled what happened, calling nameless Santa’s rant a ‘disgrace.’
[He entered the room], ripped his hat and beard off and [shouted] get the f*** out
Adam Gaynor, who was at the event, wrote on social media:
The guy dressed as Santa at the Corn Exchange is an absolute disgrace. The fire alarm went off due to the smoke machine at the children’s rave and everyone was in the process of clearing the room.
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. There is no way he should be allowed near a child.
He added that ‘there was no need’ for the bad language.
Helen Brook, a woman who had also attended the grotto wrote: ‘Bad language is never called for. He continued his unfortunate choice of words while we were waiting outside.’
St Ives FESt, who organised the grotto took to Facebook to apologise for what happened: 'Last Sunday during a family rave event (not a FESt event) in the Corn Exchange, St Ives, the fire alarms were activated by smoke in the Charter Hall.
'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.
'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.'