The holiday season has arrived, and while things may be quite different amid the coronavirus pandemic, Santa Claus is still making the rounds across the country. However, one particular interaction has come under fire after a mall Santa was recorded shutting down one particular child that wanted a Nerf gun.
The Santa could be heard telling the child, "No, no guns." He then clarified by telling the man in red that he meant Nerf guns. Santa denied that request, as well, "Nope. If your dad wants to get it for you, that's fine, but I can't bring it to you." Santa tried to sway the kid into considering his other options — including Legos, toy cars and trucks and even a bike — but the boy was not pleased with this response and instead began to cry.
The viral video led to some heated debate about whether or not the mall Santa overstepped his boundaries, some believing he made it too political and others feeling what was said has been taken out of context. Here are some of the most notable reactions to the video, including one person who called out the Santa for resembling the dreaded Santa from A Christmas Story.
He told the kid he couldn’t get him a nerf gun but his dad could. What’s wrong w/ this?
Every article says he scolded a kid when, in reality, he told a kid no and the kid started crying 😂— KLA #DaBears (5-7) (@KnicksLoseAgain) December 7, 2020
Someone get me the kid's address. I will send him three.— David Garrett 🇺🇸 (@dgarr22) December 8, 2020
Mall should fire “Santa.” Good Santas always say something like “Well, we’ll see!” when they’re not sure. To make the kid CRY with a direct refusal is outrageous.— A.M. Jordan (@AnnJord95446925) December 8, 2020
that actually sucks. let the kid have his nerf gun, it's not hurting anyone :^/— Ariel 🏳️🌈 🏳️⚧️ (@Gardevoirite_) December 8, 2020
Santa has MORE common sense than anyone holding a @NRA membership.— BETTERIFYOUNEIL (@Neil_Garcia) December 7, 2020
Someone PLEASE tell me this guy was fired!— USPatriotArmy (@USPatriotArmy1) December 7, 2020
this kid gonna end up with about a thousand nerf guns 🤣— Hooch Mongrel (@thegudes) December 7, 2020