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Santa Arrested in Post Falls

by Aaron Luna, KXLY

Jan 25, 2016

 

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POST FALLS, Idaho -

It's January. All the presents have been delivered, the sleigh is back in the shop, the reindeer are out to pasture. Santa needs some time to unwind. So he traded in the milk and cookies for something a little bit stronger.

We caught up with Santa Claus spreading cheer in Spokane last Christmas. He took his own time to bring smiles to drivers by the Division Street off ramp.

So how did the Washington man with the legal name of Santa Claus end up in Kootenai County jail? It wasn't milk and cookies.

Post Falls Police records show Santa admitted to having more than a couple beers last Thursday, then driving the wrong way down the street. Reports say he was nearly double the legal limit and because of his jolly belly police used two sets of handcuffs.

 

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Chris Capstone

Wow, I watched that video and it's really sad. The guy stands on the side of street waving at cars? If you watch the video you'll notice the guy makes no attempt to actually portray Santa Claus in any meaningful way. He's just a weirdo with a beard in a suit. Thanks a lot Mr. Weirdo drunk driver. You really help the public image of our profession. Thank God he didn't kill some young mother with little kids while he was driving drunk down the wrong side of the road. I hope the judge throws the book at this jerk. If he's a member of IBRBS or any other group, they ought to kick him out. 

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Michael Rielly

I really hate to see stories like this. It really does reflect on all of us.

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Chris Capstone
7 minutes ago, Michael Rielly said:

I really hate to see stories like this. It really does reflect on all of us.

Yep, some say it doesn't but I firmly believe it does reflect on us a group. It shouldn't but it does. Incidentally, based on that guy's size, he would have had to drink a lot more than 3 or 4 beers to get double the legal limit. It takes about 5 beers in an hour to get a 180 lb man to the limit of .08 and you would shed the equivalent of about .0015 and hour. So if this jerk was driving double the limit he either downed a boatload of beer in under an hour on an empty stomach or he was drinking something stronger than beer. Either way, double the limit is total whacked. 

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Michael Rielly
Just now, Chris Capstone said:

Yep, some say it doesn't but I firmly believe it does reflect on us a group. It shouldn't but it does. Incidentally, based on that guy's size, he would have had to drink a lot more than 3 or 4 beers to get double the legal limit. It takes about 5 beers in an hour to get a 180 lb man to the limit of .08 and you would shed the equivalent of about .0015 and hour. So if this jerk was driving double the limit he either downed a boatload of beer in under an hour on an empty stomach or he was drinking something stronger than beer. Either way, double the limit is total whacked. 

I've posted a couple times on how my hobby of portraying Santa Claus is "weird" to some. Not everyone thinks they way we do.

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Chris Capstone
Just now, Michael Rielly said:

I've posted a couple times on how my hobby of portraying Santa Claus is "weird" to some. Not everyone thinks they way we do.

The best way for us to be taken seriously in this is to do it at the highest level of professionalism that we can. If we approach it as serious professionals then people will pick up on that and treat us accordingly, and not just when in character but also in our business dealings as well.

If one approaches this field as a "lifestyle," going around as Santa 365, constantly and shamelessly promoting and doing crazy crap like legally changing your name to "Santa Claus" then people will treat you like a weirdo.

And of course this jerk HAD to legally change his name to "Santa Claus." When he gets outta rehab for his alcoholism he needs a shrink for his personality disorder.

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Santa TJS

Can hardly wait for Easter I am sure someone wearing the bunny suit in a mall will change his name to the Easter Bunny legally,lol

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Felix Estridge
1 hour ago, Chris Capstone said:

Yep, some say it doesn't but I firmly believe it does reflect on us a group. It shouldn't but it does. Incidentally, based on that guy's size, he would have had to drink a lot more than 3 or 4 beers to get double the legal limit. It takes about 5 beers in an hour to get a 180 lb man to the limit of .08 and you would shed the equivalent of about .0015 and hour. So if this jerk was driving double the limit he either downed a boatload of beer in under an hour on an empty stomach or he was drinking something stronger than beer. Either way, double the limit is total whacked. 

I disagree with your assessment of what it may take to intoxicate someone.  I weigh about 340.  After about 1/4 of a beer, I am buzzed.  You have no idea of what internal things affect a person's metabolism.

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VetteCitySanta

It is a genuine shame that this man thinks he is of the right character to portray Santa Claus. There are misfits and undesirables in every line of work, much to the disappointment of those who take their profession seriously. I think a real contributor to the tragedy here is the lack of discretion on the part of the media. I can see why many parents do not allow their young children to watch newscasts, even the local news. 

I wonder how many other arrests for driving under the influence were made in the area that day, but the media chose to out a portrayer of Santa Claus. No one is more to blame than the drunk himself. However, it absolutely rubs me the wrong way when entertainers and the media regard no icon as sacred and have no restraints when it comes to sensationalizing a news story. Whose interests do those kinds of practices really serve?     

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Chris Capstone
Just now, Felix Estridge said:

I disagree with your assessment of what it may take to intoxicate someone.  I weigh about 340.  After about 1/4 of a beer, I am buzzed.  You have no idea of what internal things affect a person's metabolism.

Please notice I never commented on what it takes to intoxicate someone. I commented on what it takes to raise an average 180 lb man's blood alcohol level to .08 which is the legal limit.

I'm not talking about how impaired someone is. That's subjective and can indeed vary from person to person, I agree with you on that. I've known guys who could drink a six pack while they were framing a house in 95 degrees and never showed the slightest impairment. My wife can drink one 5 oz glass of wine and she's snockered and thus she rarely even has a glass of wine (she only weighs 98 lbs.)

Blood alcohol limit measured by a breathalizer isn't subjective. That's an objective measurement with a scientific instrument. It has no bearing on how intoxicated or impaired a particular person may be. But the law doesn't take that into account. It simply sets a objectively measurable blood alcohol limit and if you exceed it you're busted.

By the way some are advocating a lower legal limit of .05 which I happen to think is a good idea. I'm not a big drinker myself. I drink beer once a year at Oktoberfest. I have one small glass of red wine often with dinner but I'm typically in for the evening and not planning to drive when I do. I avoid anything harder than wine, too many alcoholics in my native American family history. :)

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Chris Capstone
8 minutes ago, VetteCitySanta said:

...I wonder how many other arrests for driving under the influence were made in the area that day, but the media chose to out a portrayer of Santa Claus. No one is more to blame than the drunk himself...

I agree but I think we all also agree that when you decide to wear the suit you assume the responsibility that goes with the privilege. We are automatically held to a higher standard and thus the media feels justified in singling out a guy who fails to live up to the image. That's the problem with this guy. He wants to have all the fun and privileges that go with being a Santa Claus actor without accepting the responsibilities.

Although having seen the video of his "portrayal" I wouldn't characterize him as a true Santa Claus actor. He's just an attention seeker with a beard and a suit which is probably why he got himself on TV for standing on the side of the road and waving at cars like an idiot. I think one of the only things more denigrating to the image of Santa would be getting busted for drunk driving or some other crime!

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Charlie Claus

It is stories like this that help keep me on an even keel. 11 years sober and counting. This type of story reminds me that I'm still, just one slip up from losing everything I have worked so hard to build.....family, friends, and work..... and yes even Santa Persona. I feel sorry for this misguided soul. 

Yes he did make his choices and he can not and should not escape the consequences. Butt that doesn't change the warning for some of us.

55 minutes ago, Chris Capstone said:

By the way some are advocating a lower legal limit of .05 which I happen to think is a good idea.

Im with ya on that, if it can save a life and prevent just one from falling victim to the demon rum...well than its worth it.

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Santa Bruce Geron

This very sad. Yes, this reflects badly on all of us. We have weathered this image in many stories and movies, eg. the intoxicated parade Santa in Miracle on 34th Street. With all of our attempts at professional image and creating an academy of like minded individuals we will always be faced with contrary behaviour. What he did was wrong, but what is gnawing in him, causing this insecurity that he needed to numb himself. It is enough work for me to be the best version of myself -Bruce, but to layer another image on top of that is difficult. It is especially difficult when you are fighting with your own insecurities. We will get through this incident, but will this individual have the support to work through this moment?

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Nick Hudson

This drives me nut's I just can't figure out why anyone who is trusted with children would even consider something like this. This day and age everyone is looking for the bad and guess what, they found it! Just shows anyone can buy a suit and bleach their hair and be called Santa unfortunately!  

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Santa Marty

Number 1.  In order to "play" Santa in public, you put on a Santa like suit and stand on the street corner --> Nut

Number 2.  You formally & legally change your name to Santa Claus --> Nut

Number 3.  Consume enough alcohol to test at double the legal limit in public --> Nut + unlawful 

Number 4.  You get behind the wheel of a vehicle when you are intoxicated --> Nut + unlawful + Stupid

Number 5.  You drive said vehicle the wrong way down a street endangering life & property --> Stupid

Number 6.  Being released on a Reckless Driving Charge after all this (Santa got a gift) --> Really Stupid

 

Quadrupole Nut, doubly unlawful, & really triple-stupid!  Santa or Not.  Of course the news media chose to run with the story because of a so called Santa/Christmas/Christian Nut job connection and we know how they love bashing anything Christmas.

Number 1 was enough for me!

 

 

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Santa TJS

Unfortunately, it is the nuts and wacko's or criminals that dress like Santa that the media loves to highlight. The worse the behavior the more newsworthy for them.

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Santa Bill Reiller

I agree the news media, instead of posting some uplifting stories as a norm, usually only show the worse of things people do no matter what the profession may be.  All we can do is to act professional when we are portraying Santa and do the best job we can do.

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Michael Rielly
2 hours ago, Reiller said:

I agree the news media, instead of posting some uplifting stories as a norm, usually only show the worse of things people do no matter what the profession may be. 

Because that's what sells...

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SantaT
On 1/27/2016 at 7:32 AM, Nick Hudson said:

This drives me nut's I just can't figure out why anyone who is trusted with children would even consider something like this. This day and age everyone is looking for the bad and guess what, they found it! Just shows anyone can buy a suit and bleach their hair and be called Santa unfortunately!  

 

"Just shows anyone can buy a suit and bleach their hair and be called Santa unfortunately!"

Nick, I totally agree with the above statement.......

though will all of us on here and in various splendid schools/organisations around the World teaching how to portray Santa, equalling in the thousands.....

I have a few questions which I have thought about for many years:

1/ what can be done to prevent just anybody doing the above?

2/ As many of us are committed to providing 'the best we can be' for most 'professions' a licence/credential is required before anyone will hire them, full/part time. Plus for the individual who has gone the 'extra mile' to gain such, shows their commitment to the C(l)ause! and along with the CRB Check not only gives them pride in doing so, puts them in good stead for prospective clients/customers, whoever they may be.

3/ going forward should this not be something the whole 'World' community can discuss and bring into being?

just a thought.........

 

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Santa Bob Ford

I'm sure most of you all agree that portraying Santa is a calling. It is so much more than a beard and suit. I retired early from the ministry due to unforseen circumstances. I consider what I do now is a continuation of that "calling". I try to stay aware that everyone is watching me and I always act accordingly to what I have been called to do. Even in the privacy of my own home I take care to act accordingly. It consumes my life.

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Santa Bill Reiller

I guess the one thing I can do is attempt to portray Santa the best way I can and hopefully people will see that although there may be a few bad apples we are not all cut from the same cloth.

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