A Florida mall Santa Claus was punished, apparently thanks to his stated political views that have targeted Hillary Clinton for a lump of coal.
A man playing Saint Nick at the Seminole Towne Center in Sanford was recently removed from his position after a mother complained that he'd told her 10-year-old daughter that Clinton was on his naughty list.
When the girl's mother called management following the visit Tuesday, that mall officials called the company that hired the Santa, WKMG reports.
The Colorado-based Santa company, Noerr Programs, responded by removing the Santa from the mall floor.
A spokesman said the Santa, who has not been identified, thought he was just making a joke. The spokesman said he sent the mother an apology and was also sent to HR for re-training.
In a statement posted to Facebook, Noerr Programs said the Santa will not be fired.
"Santa is a universal symbol of peace, joy and goodwill for all. The Santa mentioned in recent reports in Florida is still employed by us, in a different location.
"Santa was given additional training to ensure that he remains in the character of Santa during all future appearances. Our unwavering mission is to create magic, inspire smiles and capture memories, for the young and young at heart," the statement read.