Thursday, December 11, 2008

Violence Against Mall Santas Escalates

MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL (CAP) - Consumer violence continued yesterday when the Santa Claus at the Mall of America was attacked by hundreds of children who broke through a plastic mistletoe-and-holly barrier.

"He really had no time to reason with them," said Minneapolis/St. Paul Police Chief John Hannigan, who said that Santa had grabbed a large, Styrofoam candy cane to defend himself, but it only took a few seconds before he was on the ground "with a face full of Stride-Rites."

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