William Mitchell of Shelby County, Tenn., was told that if he wanted to continue making money from his Santa Claus gig, he’d have to purchase a business license or face prosecution.

News 3 gives the details:

Mitchell sent a flyer to the Shelby County Clerk’s Office saying he would love to work their Christmas party this year.

They didn’t hire him.

Instead, they sent him a letter saying he better come buy a business license or they would turn him over to the district attorney’s office for prosecution.

The clerk’s office told us anyone who sells a service must have a business license.

The funny thing is, the clerk’s office didn’t tell Mitchell that only businesses generating more than $3,000 have to apply for a license. Unsurprisingly, Mitchell makes a whole lot less than three grand dressing up as St. Nick for Christmas parties.

Now he wants the $30 he paid for his business license back.

“I want them to get off my back, return my $30 and let me keep the wolf away from my door,” said Mitchell.

“If they’re expecting anything other than switches and ashes for Christmas they are suffering from a delusion,” he added.

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