(SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine) — Kids in Maine wanted to meet Santa, but ended up visiting a real Ebenezer Scrooge instead.
Parents who brought their kids to the Maine Mall in South Portland, say they were met by a shopping center Santa who was rude and dismissive of their children and would not even let them sit in his lap.
Steve Hardwin, owner of Worldwide Photography, the studio that employs St. Nick, refused to name the man playing Santa or say whether he had been fired.
“Our job is to provide great experience for boys and girls. We’re going to make sure everyone who comes to Maine Mall has a great time,” he said, adding that one “can’t just fire Santa” and that he only works for “milk and cookies anyway.”
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