Old Saint Nick always preaches for kids to be good throughout the year in return for Christmas presents. But what if Santa Claus was being naughty himself? How would you regard his motto then? Well, it appears a few Santa impersonators (I say this, because the real one wouldn’t do this) dressed in Santa suits got down and dirty at Union Square during the snow storm this past weekend and it took it to the streets at this year’s SantaCon festivities. Before the NYPD were called upon the scene, a passerby is said to have broken up these rumbling Santas and when the boys in blue finally arrived, the men quickly dispersed like roaches. Hey, we’re wondering what was the problem with these fellas? Could Mrs. Claus’ goodies be the root of all of this? Maybe Jay and Kells have the answers, right:
“It is disconcerting because it involves a lot of alcohol and that I think is part of the major problem behind Santacon,” State Senator Brad Hoylman said.
State Senator Brad Hoylman was one of those leading the charge to make this year’s massive Santa-themed pub crawl kinder and gentler.
In fact, both the Long Island Rail Road and New Jersey Transit even banned alcohol on the train that day, but that may not have sobered things up much.
“More steps need to be taken,” said Phyllis Mangles, a Gramercy resident.
Phyllis Mangles lives at the corner of 16th and 3rd, the scene of that SantaCon fist fight.
She’s says some drunken Santas and their elves used nearby Stuyvesant Square as a combination trash can and toilet.
“It’s the public nuisances of the vomiting and the urinating that really puts people off,” Mangles said.
And it’s perhaps the public brawling that’s now the subject of a police investigation.
Senator Hoylman also wants to get the State Liquor Authority involved.
“We’re going to reassess this year’s event and then determine whether the SLA needs to take action to curb irresponsible binge drinking at next year’s SantaCon,” State Senator Hoylman said.