Santa at San Francisco Macy's fired over joke

December 5, 2010 10:00:00 PM PST
The Grinch has spoiled Christmas for a Santa at the Macy's in San Francisco's Union Square.

John Toomey, who's been helping out as the store's Kris Kringle for some 20 years, was fired Friday night for telling an older couple a naughty joke he says he's used for years when adults visit.

"They sat on my lap and I said, 'Have you been good this year?' And they said, 'Oh, yes.' And I said, 'Oh, well that's too bad.' Then I said, 'You know why Santa's so happy and jolly all the time don't you?' And they said, 'No, we don't know.' And I said, 'Well, that's because Santa knows where all the naughty boys and girls live,'" said Toomey.

The couple complained to management, ending Toomey's job. Macy's says it won't comment because the matter involves an employee.