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Mall Santa Replaced After Hillary Clinton Comment

| by Lauren Briggs

A Santa Claus at a Florida mall has been removed after reportedly telling a 10-year-old girl that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was on his "naughty list."

According to a Facebook screenshot obtained by WKMG, a mom in Sanford, Florida, took her two children to sit on Santa's lap at Seminole Towne Center mall so they could tell him what they wanted for Christmas when the incident took place. Her 4-year-old talked to St. Nick first, without any issues, and then her 10-year-old daughter sat on his lap to do the same.

"She tells Santa what she wants, and then he tells her she's on the nice list," the woman wrote in the Facebook post. "He then says that there's only one name on the naughty list. Can you guess who? My daughter says who? And he says Hillary Clinton and then started laughing."

The woman, who had Clinton's campaign logo as her Facebook profile photo, said that she gathered her children and left the mall immediately afterward.

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"I'm upset because this had nothing to do with a child and seeing Santa, and at age 10 she still believes," the woman wrote.

She called mall management, who quickly got in touch with The Noerr Program, Inc. the company responsible for hiring mall Santas, notes WKMG.

They have since replaced the Santa at that particular mall, Seminole Towne Center said in a statement posted to Facebook on Nov. 18:

Seminole Towne Center has an established reputation for being a family friendly destination for Central Florida. We take customer feedback seriously and we work with our retailers and partners to improve upon situations that require attention. The Santa referenced in recent reports is still employed by the Santa vendor, in a different location. Santa was given additional training to ensure that he remains in the character of Santa during all future appearances. Santa is a symbol of peace, joy and goodwill for all and we are pleased that we are able to bring this cherished symbol to the communities we serve.

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The company did not specify whether or not the Santa would be allowed to return to Seminole Towne Center.

Sources: WKMG, Seminole Towne Center/Facebook / Photo credit: Bailiwick Studios/Flickr

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