Philadelphians are very angry after a tattooed mall Santa in the Philadelphia suburbs was forced to cover up his tattoos and not take pictures with toddlers thrown over his shoulders, according to a report Wednesday.
Scott Diethorne, a beloved mall Santa for the past fifteen years, dubbed “Santa Scott” according to his Facebook page, was forced to tone it down by request of a company managing the mall Santas.
Diethorne would flash his naughty and night tattoos on his forearms, pose with pets, and even flip kids upside down for the camera, reported Vice News.
The company, Cherry Hill Programs, said in a statement that they wanted to have more traditional photo shoots this year, leaving some Santa Scott fans devastated. Some fans have even vowed to boycott pictures this year, however, fan Amanda Nagy advised otherwise.
“Please do not boycott photos with Santa Scott altogether,” said Nagy, adding, “We still want him to have work.” Nagy added that Santa Scott will still be working with another photo company where he will take his more humorous photos.
“My father’s tattoos and silly poses can be censored,” Megan Greene, the daughter of Diethorne, told Vice. “But his big heart, love for others, and his joy in being Santa Claus will always set him aside from the others.”
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