A dad in Scotland said a harmless trip to the mall to meet Santa turned into a humiliating experience for his son.
Marc Ollerenshaw took his wheelchair-bound 6-year-old and his brother to Gouldings Garden Centre’s Winter Wonderland in Lanarkshire for a fun holiday outing with the family.
Yet after waiting in line for 90 minutes to meet Santa, he left the mall fuming.
* Update: we have today spoken with the owners of Gouldings and have been assured that they will handle the complaint in…
Ollerenshaw took to Facebook to vent his frustrations about an inappropriate remark that allegedly left his son embarrassed and sunk down in his wheelchair.
The dad-of-two claims that the actor playing Santa made an off-handed comment about Harley’s disability.
It’s our first year there and we loved it didn’t even mind the 90min wait but to then get to Santa and as Harley entered the room in his wheelchair the first words out of Santa’s mouth were:
‘Oh what happened to you, was you in an accident?’
The father said Harley wasn’t sure how to respond but said:
“‘No, I was born like this.’”
“And then to our horror Santa then replies with:
‘Will you ever be able to walk?'”
The dad said he was “absolutely disgusted” and shared the post with his followers who reacted to the post by saying:
What was that Santa thinking!!?
Some commenters even said this Santa needs a lesson on manners. One follower wrote:
Wow, that’s disgusting I don’t think I would have had the willpower to hold it together like you …
Ollerenshaw, 27, told the Sun he didn’t spend good money and stand in line for nearly two hours for his son to be insulted. However, he wrote his Facebook message not as a “witch hunt” to get St. Nick fired.
On the contrary, he said his son suffers from a rare medical condition, and he actually wants to bring awareness to the issue. Ollerenshaw explained:
“We just want people to be aware that something that doesn’t seem like a sensitive situation to you might be to someone else.”
Although the Scot said the incident was, “disgraceful, it should never have happened,” representatives from Gouldings Garden Centre promptly apologized for the unfortunate experience.
A spokesperson for the mall told Yahoo Lifestyle:
After a conversation with Mark this morning I would like to make clear that all complaints are taken seriously and we have addressed all concerns with the Ollerenshaw family resulting in both parties being happy with the handling of the situation.
What do you think of Santa asking a 6-year-old these questions instead of what he wanted for Christmas?