BEACON TRANSCRIPT – One of the stories that provoke outrage this week had of course something to do with Christmas and here you have it – Santa not holding the baby: a two-sided story.
After Thanksgiving, shopping centers as well as other places welcome a very long-expected visitor: Santa Claus. Men are hired to dress-up in Santa suits and to pose with children at free photo sessions. The children usually sit on Santa’s lap and sometimes he asks them about what presents they would like to get for Christmas.
This week, one concerned and angry mother accused Santa Claus of refusing to sit with her special-need son in his lap for the picture. The photo was taken while Santa was standing and holding the baby in an awkward position. The picture was shared by the mother and soon became viral as more and more people were outraged by Santa’s behavior.
Seeing the size of the problem, the company offered the mother an apology, gift certificates and a free photo session. However, she declined and suggested them to make a donation to medical research.
The mother, Megan Self claimed that Santa refused to sit and seemed to be very uncomfortable and not willing to hold special-need baby in his arms. On the other hand, Santa, Glen Burkett has made public his side of the story.
Burkett explained that he got up from his Santa chair with the intention to get closer to the child who was in a wheelchair and had a ventilator. Before he could understand what was happening, the family unstrapped the kid from the wheelchair and placed him in Santa’s arms. Burkett proceeded in getting closer to the camera and trying to find the best angle for the photo, while carefully holding the baby.
The problem was he didn’t exactly know how to hold him, as the family gave him no directions and the boy could not respond to the bells used for directing children’s attention to the camera. The family did not ask for a retake nor did they make any complaints on the spot. After a few days, the story appeared on TV and it made him infamous as the Santa who didn’t want to hold the special-needs child.
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