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- A Santa Claus in St Ives in Cambridgeshire reportedly lost it with a group of children.
- Parents said he started swearing when a fire alarm went off.
- He also ripped off his hat and beard, and told everyone to “get the f— out” of his grotto.
- The event organisers have since apologised on Facebook, saying the Santa was trying to get everyone out safely.
Children and parents were left horrified last Sunday when an angry Santa Claus ripped off his hat and beard and told crowds to “get the f— out” of his grotto.
According to reports, a fire alarm went off at the Corn Exchange grotto in St Ives, Cambridgeshire, England, and the Santa on shift started acting strangely.
The alarm was apparently triggered by a smoke machine in the same building where Santa and his “chief snowman” were available to meet guests.
Festival Events St Ives (FESt), the organisers of the event, have since apologised on Facebook, saying that the raging Santa was only trying to get everyone out quickly and safely.
“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 post 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.”
The Santa’s behaviour meant parents had to try and explain what was wrong with him to their children.
One mother told Cambridgeshire Live that Santa used “vile language” and had steam “literally coming from his ears.”
Another told her children he wasn’t the real Santa, and instead was “an imposter and will be going on the naughty list.”
According to the Guardian, DJ Stuart Wilkin observed what happened.
“I do think though the reason Santa was raging was because they booked a kids’ rave on the same day as kids going to see Santa upstairs above the event,” he said. “He probably sat there trying to talk to kids with thumping music playing and was p—-d-off. The fire alarm going off was probably the final straw for him.”
Research has shown how people working in retail may mentally suffer when they have to listen to Christmas music constantly over the festive period. Maybe by two weeks before Christmas, this Santa had simply had enough.