Looks like Santa’s been naughty!
A Santa Claus at Bass Pro Shop in San Antonio, Texas was supposed to bring holiday cheer by giving people free pictures with him.
However, this particular Santa didn’t make everyone happy as one mother, Megan Shelf, claims that her 1-year-old special needs son Caleb wasn’t allowed to sit on the jolly man’s lap.
Apparently her baby suffers from mitochondrial encephalomyopathy which is a genetic brain and muscle disorder that causes Caleb’s muscles to gradually weaken. That’s so sad!
Megan claims that after standing in line for an hour, she disconnected her son from his breathing apparatus and other medical equipment and handed him over to Santa, only to have St. Nick stand awkwardly with the baby for a pic before handing him back.
Shelf described the situation saying:
“We’ve been through a lot this year ├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ physically, mentally, emotionally, financially and everything. This was basically the icing on the cake.”
Glen Burkett, a man who claims he was the controversial Santa, has since come forward and defended himself on Facebook:
In light of all the controversy, a spokesperson for Bass Pro Shops told the TV station that Megan contacted that the whole situation “is not something we feel great about” and offered Shelf a certificate for a free one-on-one photo shoot with Santa.
The mother declined the offer and said she’d rather have them make a donation to the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation.
What do you think??
Was Santa discriminating? Or just doing the best he could to keep Caleb safe??
[Image via Megan Shelf/Facebook.]