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Elf Without Jingles

Here's an example of why your humble Elf Without Jingles doesn't suit up as the Easter Bunny:

 

Sex Offender Hired as Easter Bunny in Pennsylvania Mall

by Adam Carlson, People.com | Posted: 03-21-2015 @ 12:30 PM EDT

 

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GREENVILLE, PENNSYLVANIA --- A registered sex offender was recently hired as a mall Easter Bunny in Pennsylvania --- and quickly fired by that same company after spending just hours in his costume.

 

Michael Jacobs had only been portraying the character for only 12 hours at the Westmoreland Mall in Greenville, PA, before he was "immediately terminated" after the company had learned of his prior criminal record.

 

"An employee of Cherry Hill Photo who does the local hiring of the mall Easter Bunny staff violated strict company guidelines and permitted a person to portray the Easter Bunny without first sending in the appropriate information to the corporate office for approval," Cherry Hill executives told People in an e-mail statement, which further revealed that, while no inappropriate behavior was revealed during Jacobs' time on the job, the local manager in charge of hiring was suspended pending completion of an internal investigation.

 

Born in 1991, Jacobs was first registered as a sexually violent predator under Pennsylvania's Megan's Law in July 2013, according to state records. His primary offense is listed as "unlawful contact and/or communication with a minor."

 

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Carlo Klemm

There are some Santa's in this category too

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Elf Without Jingles

Agreed. And frankly, we just try to avoid those as best we can. We need to stay nice, fellow Clauses!

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KKringle

Stories like this upset me for the simple reason that the mall didn't do their job. Background checks should be common place. Even in our town, we are notified by sheriffs that sex offenders are living in the area. I pray for the redemption of the offender and hope the mall learned its lesson.

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Santa Arthur

There appears to be an error in the article.  Westmoreland  Mall is in Greensburg, not Greenville. 

 

This problem of child abusers is a concern because no one wants to bring their child to a "Bad Santa" or "Bad Easter Bunny".  Unfortunately, even with background checks there are a few rotten eggs that get through.  We had a bad Santa in a Boston area mall not that long ago and another in Portland, ME.

 

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Cynthia Lewis

It probably wasn't the mall's' fault that he was hired, but the photo company didn't do their job.  Something similar happened on our set three years ago.  I hired a young man who turned out to have some troubles but no record.  Once hired he could not be fired, but we all watched him carefully and put in definite recommendations to the company that he not be re-hired.  Unfortunately, the next year, he showed up on the set before anyone else and the new regional manager hired him without checking our references.  It was a nightmare year and Santa came home with tears of frustration many nights.  So many of his horrible antics could be reflected back on Santa in addition to being a danger to the children.  This past year we were able to stop him from being re-hired and it was a wonderful season.  I will never be a manager again, though.

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KKringle

I'm totally believe in people getting second chances. We get a few volunteers at Kringeville who are recommended by the court system. Most are convicted of petty theft and are given community service hours. We sign off on their hours. These are teens and adults. I have to say that most end up being some of our hardest workers and many come back year after year long after their time is done. The courts would never send us someone who was convicted of child exploitation or abuse. I had a young man with social limitations come to see me this year. He lives in a group home and has come to get a photo with me for years. This year however, we had to ask him to leave because he had exposed himself to children and couldn't be within a distance of them. He couldn't understand why he couldn't visit with Santa as he had every other year. So I stopped the line, pulled him aside, talked with him and did the best I could to explain. We made sure he came back when there were no children so he could have his picture with me. I believe in forgiveness, but we have to keep the children safe.

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Chris Capstone

If I had been a customer I would sue the crap outta Cherry Hill for exposing my child to a dangerous criminal scumbag. The only way to get their attention is to hit them in the wallet.

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Santa Gordon

It was not the mall's fault and as far as Cherry Hill goes, they have guidelines and procedures that are in place to avoid exactly this kind of occurrence.  If you read the article, it was the set manager that did not follow the guidelines when hiring the fellow in the Bunny Suit that lead to this.

Once Cherry Hill became aware of the situation in corporate office, they fired the Bunny, and most likely will not use that manager again for violating the rules and guidelines for hiring set crew.Basically it is a case of one set manager deciding not to do what they were hired to do (a problem on many Santa sets to some degree or another) and opening up both the mall and the Photo company to liability for that manager's decision.

If anything, tighter control on the way a set crew and manager are trained needs to be looked at as there are already redundant rules and procedures in place for the hiring of the performers.  My 2 cents worth anyway.

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Santa Marty

Amazing that this continues to happen. Especially in our suit crazy society.

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