Santa Claus came early and got a bit too close for comfort in Massachusetts. A 62 year old man has been charged with indecent assault on a co-worker in a Massachusetts shopping mall. Mr Jones who was working as Santa Claus has been accused of groping an 18 year old Santa helper.
Santa Claus is a figure of folklore that comes around every year around the Christmas period to bring presents to the homes of children who have been good. He is almost the ultimate symbol of children folklore. Santa Claus is seen as an enduring symbol of trust to children. Santa is believed to live in the North Pole being helped all year round by his elves and nine reindeer. Children innocence is almost preserved by the belief in Santa.
Herbert Jones who sports a naturally busy beard has however spun it all on its head when he pinched the backside of an 18 year old woman working as an elf photographer at the Hanover mall in Massachusetts. Jones is said to have made advances at the woman who is almost three and a half decades his junior in the past. The teenager said he once said to her “I wish you were a few years older and I was younger.” Jones though has denied touching the woman to police and mall management. He said the teenager had brushed off on his hand with her backside while he was sitting and though he tried to move his hand out of the way could not avoid contact.
There is however a school of thought that believes the make-believe environment that makes children believe in fictional characters is not positive on the long run. It could be seen as lying to a child and the child could end up with trust issues. On the flip side, there are those who argue though that believing in Santa Claus can be seen as enhancing a child’s mental creativity.
Santa Claus is an Americanized version of the name Sinterklass which refers to Saint Nicholas. The culture of Father Christmas is believed to date back to the 16th century in England during Henry the 8th’s reign. The King was pictured in what is today, Father Christmas’ appearance and this has caught on. Henry was seen to typify the good cheer around Christmas bringing all sorts of good around the season.
Jones has since been released on $1,000 bail after pleading not guilty to the charges on Monday. He has also been ordered to stay away from the Mall. Oh and in case anyone is wondering you won’t be seeing this randy version of Santa Gross Claus in any mall near you anytime soon. “I see that you bare a certain resemblance, but you’re not going to be able to do that this year,” the judge said to him. At least not until the case is settled anyway. He is due back in court on Christmas Eve, the 24the of December. This is definitely not a case of whether you believe in Santa Claus , it’d a case of whether you believe Santa Claus because it’s his word against another’s.
By Olajide Jatto.