Mother complains about Manchester Santa she claims was smoking

Bad Santa! Father Christmas who smoked cigarette in front of children and forgot where his grotto was infuriates mother and baffles her six-year-old daughter

  • Charli Lewis, 26, brought her daughter Layla to Santa in Radcliffe in Manchester
  • She said her daughter was left traumatised by the Santa and had many questions
  • Ms Lewis claims the Santa actor was seen in the car park smoking a cigarette
  • A mother has said her daughter was left traumatized by a ‘Bad Santawho was caught smoking in public and slurring his words during a meet and greet with kids.

    Charli Lewis, 26, said she felt ‘let downby the festive experience at a children’s club in Radcliffe, 그레이터 맨체스터, which had left little Layla, 6, with ‘a lot of questions’.

    Her concerns were first raised when she arrived at the venue and saw the father 크리스마스 impersonator ‘smoking a cigarettein full view of children.

    나중, when the event’s organiser asked him to return to his ‘grotto’, she said the Santa seemed bewildered and replied that he didn’t know where it was.

    Charlie Lewis, 26, brought her six-year-old daughter Layla to see Santa Claus at the Radcliffe Girls and Boys Club

    Charlie Lewis, 26, brought her six-year-old daughter Layla to see Santa Claus at the Radcliffe Girls and Boys Club

    Once Layla finally had managed to meet to the Father Christmas, Ms Lewis said he appeared ‘slumped on the couchand had made no effort to be festive.

    그녀가 말했다: ‘He was just slumped on the couch. He wasn’t being cheery at all.

    ‘There was no effort in his voice. Nothing to resemble Santa at all.

    ‘I felt I had let her down as a mother.

    Ms Lewis said she took little Layla to see Father Christmas at Radcliffe Girls and Boys Club on Saturday (11 월 27) as a last-minute decision to get into the festive spirit.

    그녀가 말했다: ‘It was a last-minute decision. We just took her down to get her into the Christmas spirit, 원래.

    ‘It was shared on Facebook, so I just thought I’d give it a try.

    하나, Ms Lewis began to notice some red flags as soon as she arrived in the car park of the venue where the meet would take place.

    그녀가 말했다: ‘We arrived in the car park, an he was smoking a cigarette in full view with his bird around his neck.

    ‘I just tried to stall Layla in the car and make it a little bit longer, so she didn’t see.

    ‘But she did say, “오, look there’s Santa.

    ‘I don’t know whether she saw the cigarette in his mouth.

    나중, Ms Lewis said that the event’s organiser asked the Father Christmas to ‘go back to his Grotto’, a remark that seemed to leave him confused.

    그녀가 말했다: ‘We followed him in after a little bit, and we were just behind him, and the event’s organiser had said, “Go back to your grotto.

    ‘He replied he’d forgotten where it was.

    Once inside the grotto, she said that the Santa appeared ‘slumpedin his chair and wasn’t getting into the festive spirit.

    그녀가 말했다: ‘He was just slumped on the couch. He wasn’t being cheery at all.

    ‘There was no effort in his voice. Nothing to resemble Santa at all.

    Ms Lewis said that Layla was left with a ‘lot of questionsfollowing the meeting.

    그녀가 말했다: ‘She’s quite a nervous child, so she sat there happily and took it, but once we left, she had a lot of questions in the car.

    ‘She said that she knew that wasn’t the real Santa, stuff like that.

    그녀는 덧붙였다: ‘I’ve tried to get Layla to see Santa in the past before, but she’s a bit of an anxious child.

    ‘She’s always ended up backing out last minute, so this was the first time that I’ve actually manged to take her, and that is the first experience she’s got now.

    ‘Children don’t get long to believe in Santa, which is why it’s so important for them to have a good experience, but this Santa didn’t act like Santa at all.

    Laura De-Foe, who organised the event, described their Santa as a ‘great and gentle man’.

    그녀가 말했다: ‘He would never knowingly make a child uncomfortable, and several other children left feeling very happy and told us we had done a good job and that they would come again.

    In her free time, Ms Lewis works with Radcliffe Litter Pickers, and fellow volunteers have now paid for a trip to Santa’s Grotto at Radcliffe Christmas Markets.

    A litter pickers spokesman said: ‘A good Santa keeps the magic of Christmas alive which is so important for the early years of a child.

    ‘They need to have a good first experience, so we want to help clear Layla’s bad memory.

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