(KINGSTON, Canada) — A real-life Grinch was arrested after he spoiled the holiday cheer at a parade, telling children that Santa isn’t real.
The unidentified 24-year-old man, who had his hair gelled to look as though devil horns were protruding from his head, was arrested by police in the Canadian town of Kingston last week during the annual Santa Claus parade, authorities said in a statement.
The St. Nicholas naysayer faces criminal charges of causing a disturbance by being drunk and breach of probation.
“It was pretty despicable that someone, during this time of the year, would tell kids Santa isn’t real — which of course we would argue,” Const. Steve Koopman told the Toronto Star.
It was not known how the man, who has surely landed on Santa’s naughty list, pleaded to the charges.
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Paul Cruickshank and Michael Pearson, CNN