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Mall Santa kicked out after he said this about Hillary Clinton

Image source: WKMG-TV

One Santa working at a Florida mall was quickly put on the naughty list when he began telling children that Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is also getting a lump of coal this year.

While playing the role of Santa Claus at the Seminole Towne Center in Sanford, Florida, last week, the jolly man in red got one parent hot under the collar by telling two kids an ill-advised joke about the former secretary of state, WKMG-TV reported.

"She tells Santa what she wants, and then he tells her she's on the nice list. He then says that there's only one name on the naughty list. 'Can you guess who?' My daughter says, 'Who?' And he says, 'Hillary Clinton,' and then started laughing," the mother recounted in a Facebook post, according to the news outlet.

The parent complained to mall management and within a short time her post went viral on social media. That naughty Santa was quickly reassigned to another mall and will be required to undergo sensitivity training.

"Santa was given additional training to ensure that he remains in the character of Santa during all future appearances," a Seminole Town Center statement read. "Santa is a symbol of peace, joy and goodwill for all and we are pleased that we are able to bring this cherished symbol to the communities we serve."

The Noerr Programs, the company in charge of the Santa Claus displays, also released a statement on the ordeal saying that, while the St. Nick actor is still employed with them, he has been sent to a different location.

Spokesman Charlie Russell said Noerr has apologized to the child's parents.

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