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Dear Santas:

I want to relay experience to each of you in hopes of getting some answers to what appears, to me, a complicated social issue. 

Last Christmas, was my first Christmas as a full-time Santa.  I met many kind folks and lots of curious and excited children.  On this occasion, there was quite a line-up, and a woman and child approach me from not the regulated way but actually through the exit and behind the camera set up.  The woman had a bruise over her right eye and, I noticed, the boy had the same marks on his face.  As they approached, I motioned to the elves to stop the other children coming in.  Which they did, and I began to visit with the woman and the boy.  I was about to reach into my red sack for a toy for the boy when a man approached from the same direction as the woman and boy did.  He was obviously intoxicated and smelt of booze.  He suddenly grabbed the boy and pulled him up by up off the ground by the boy’s wrists and began to swing the boy to and fro like a pendulum.  My heart went sick!

I wanted to report the situation and my concerns but did not.  I was caught up with being Santa, the incident got blurred by the busy day.

I would like to have your take on this situation or similar circumstances.  I need advice and I am sure this is not an isolated case of abuse.  But what can a busy Santa do when something like this occurs?

Santa Robquill

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Not a good situation

Ideally it should be reported - if you have any suspicions regarding any category of abuse you can report - it is not considered an accusation - but states have resources to investigate these circumstances....you need to know what you can do in your area - in this situation it would be hard unless you have some contact info for the child.....

Most teachers, healthcare workers, etc have mandatory requirements to report...

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Felix Estridge

For the future, perhaps you should discuss this very situation with the site management or whomever is in charge of the event to see how they would like it approached.  In my opinion, Santa should not be involved if it is happening in the moment.  Santa should, however, give his perspective after his time in the chair is over, temporarily or for the day, and he is out of public view.

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These are very helpful and logical suggestions and I will gather more information as I research my Santa rights.

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Hubcity Santa

Awesome topic, thanks for bringing it up. As a 1st season Santa myself I was constantly thinking about that type of scenario every time I suited up last season and what would I do. Very interested in hearing opinions cause I know what I’d like to do, but what should I do? 

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It is so hard to be Santa when confronted in certain situations.  But the rights of the child should come first and feel guilty that I did not report this that was happening right in front of my eyes.  The children!  Poor children!


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