Santa Claus tells a three-year-old the Leafs suck, gets fired

Lindsay Jolivet
Daily Buzz

He must be a Habs fan.

Community members are reacting to the firing of a Santa Claus in Toronto after he reportedly told a three-year-old boy not to wear a Maple Leafs hockey team tuque because the Leafs suck.

Mary Trent, from Mississauga, Ontario, went to the Lowe's Christmas Market in Toronto's Distillery District with her toddler late last week, according to the Toronto Sun.

The boy stood in line to sit on Santa's knee but mom was not impressed with St. Nick's opening lines.

"The first thing Santa told him was that his thick GAP black and red jacket made him look like Paul Bunyan," she wrote on the market's Facebook page alongside a photo of her son approaching Santa.

"Then he also pointed out my son's Toronto Maple leafs winter toque and said he shouldn't be wearing that and that the Maple Leafs suck!" the post said.

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The original post appears to be missing from Facebook but the CBC quoted Trent's words and posted the market's response as a screen capture.

The page moderators apologized in a comment on the photo and later told the Sun, "The person that had spoken those words is no longer at the Toronto Christmas Market and will not be there in the future."

Reactions on the Facebook page vary, with some supportive of the decision to fire Santa and others saying everyone overreacted.

"Santa Claus is not supposed to be a jerk and make kids cry. You had to fire him!" one user posted.

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"Talk about an overreaction!" posted another. "He probably should not have said the Leafs suck to a three year old but he should not have been fired for it either. There is no insult in saying the boy looked like Paul Bunyan and the Leafs, in fact, are not a very good hockey team."

Another Ontario Santa was canned in Maine for being rude to kids. According to WGME-TV, when a girl asked him for an "American girl doll" he replied "American football."

The criteria for the next Santa job posting: no sports fans, please.

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