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Thursday, December 23, 2004

It's Not Easy Being Green and Red

A funny LAT front-pager on the increasing stress of being a mall Santa:

Often you answer to three equally demanding bosses — the parent, the mall, the photographer — and one all-powerful overseer, the child, who has come to view Santa as a cross between a birthday party clown and a miracle worker. A hybrid of Bozo and God. ... Maybe all this added pressure isn't the reason a Santa in Atlanta earlier this month knocked a woman cold with a 2-by-4. Maybe it's not why 30 Santas got into a drunken street brawl two weeks ago at a charity fundraiser in Wales. (Five Santas were arrested.)

It pays to get to the last link of Eric Umansky's Today's Papers on Slate.