The annual Santa Claus parade in Kingston, Ontario, does not normally feature any type of Grinch character. But the Canadian town’s longtime tradition was once obstructed by one, who decided to go around telling all the young children in attendance that Santa Claus is not real. According to the Toronto Star, the man was arrested by police for spilling the beans in a disturbing manner, and was also charged with public intoxication and a probation violation.
The parade is typically a joyous occasion marked by festive lights, floats, and of course an appearance by Santa Claus himself. But things turned sour when an unidentified man began roaming Princess Street around 6:00 pm, telling all the children that the bearded icon is a fraud. Reports indicate that the man had also slicked his hair back with gel into the shape of devil horns, which disturbed quite a few people in attendance.
After a parade attendee called the police out of concern, officers arrived on the scene and apprehended the man, who was immediately charged with causing a disturbance. It turned out that the man had also been drinking and was in violation of his probation, two additional charges which were tacked onto the arrest.
“It was pretty despicable that someone, during this time of the year, would tell kids Santa isn’t real — which of course we would argue,” said Constable Steve Coopman from the Kingston Police Force to reporters about the incident. “He was disturbing everyone there on the thoroughfare, he was disturbing the families, obviously disturbing the children.”