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Published:December 24th, 2011 12:29 EST

Man Finds Loophole In Ban On Christmas Decorations, Dressed Up As Christmas Tree

By Robert Paul Reyes

"A ban on Christmas decorations this year at the Staten Island ferry terminal in a bid to avoid lawsuits sparked an unusual protest Friday.

Self-proclaimed activist and Staten Island resident Scott LoBaido found a loophole in the rule imposed at the transit hub by the Department of Transportation and dressed up as a seven-foot Christmas tree, sparking smiles and cheers."



Christmas decorations don`t do anything for me, when I`m in a public place I don`t want to see any yuletide garland, Christmas trees, or winos dressed up like Santa Claus. Garish Christmas decorations offend my aesthetic sensibilities, and they trample on the cherished principle of inclusiveness.

The Staten Island Ferry is an island of sanity in a world gone Christmas crazy. However, I applaud Scott LoBaido for thinking outside the box. Christmas decorations may be banned at the ferry terminal, but there`s no rule prohibiting wearing a Christmas costume.

Even a Grinch like me has to smile at LoBaido`s wit! LoBaido is one of the few performance artists that you don`t want to clobber over the head with a fruitcake.

As you can see from the video clip LoBaido was a big hit with children and adults.


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