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Published:December 7th, 2010 17:06 EST
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San Francisco Santa Claus Fired By Macy's Over Joke!

By Robert Paul Reyes

"Santa Claus got the ho-ho-heave-ho from a department store for telling a `bad` joke.

John Toomey, a Christmastime favorite who worked for 20 years at Macy`s in San Francisco`s Union Square, got the boot last weekend when an older couple objected to his brand of humor.

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`When I ask the older people who sit on my lap if they`ve been good and they say, `Yes,` I say, `Gee, that`s too bad,` Toomey, dubbed Santa John by his admirers, told the San Francisco Chronicle.

`Then, if they ask why Santa is so jolly, I joke that it`s because I know where all the naughty boys and girls live.`"

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/2010/12/07/2010-12-07_john_toomey_famed_santa_claus_at_san_francisco_macys_fired_for_telling_bad_joke_.html#ixzz17Sfh9g2y

Most department store Santas are winos and bums who make Billy Bob Thornton`s Bad Santa character look like a choir boy. If they drink too much Thunderbird before donning their Santa costume, God only knows what obscenities they may spout.

But by all accounts John Toomey is a scholar and a gentleman who would never say anything risque will wearing his Santa suit. For God`s sake Toomey has been delighting children and adults as Santa for twenty freakin` years.

Toomey`s joke was innocuous, it certainly doesn`t merit termination. Toomey`s joke may be lame, but it`s not dirty.

I hope Toomey`s fans will boycott the San Francisco Macy`s until he is rehired.

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