Fired ‘Bad Santa’ Lands New Job After Uproar Over Jokes

December 9th, 2010 by Staff

San Fransisco: A San Francisco Santa Claus who found himself out of the job after telling too many naughty jokes has a new gig.
John Toomey, who played Santa at the Union Square store for 20 years, was told Saturday that his “ho-ho-hoeing” days are over because an adult couple complained about his jokes, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.
The 68-year-old Toomey says he asks older people who sit on his lap if they’ve been good. When they answer yes, he replies: “Gee, that’s too bad.”
If they ask why Santa’s so jolly, Toomey says it’s because he knows where all the naughty boys and girls live.
Toomey said he doesn’t tell such jokes when he is with kids and he had asked Macy’s to reconsider, but there’s light at the end of the tunnel for this Kris Kringle: he has landed a gig with San Francisco restaurant Lefty O’Doul’s to hand out presents at the landmark eatery’s annual toy drive, according to the Chronicle.
Macy’s spokeswoman Betsy Nelson tells the Examiner that the store can’t comment on personnel matters.

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