MAINE MALL SACKS SANTA AFTER RUDENESS COMPLAINTS: SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A mall in Maine has sacked Santa Claus after children and parents complained he was rude, grumpy and wouldn't even let one child sit on his lap.
Officials at the Maine Mall in South Portland say they're looking for a jollier Santa and hope to have him in place Thursday.
Jessica Mailhiot and her 6-year-old daughter, Chantel, went to see Santa this week. They tell WGME-TV he was rude and wouldn't let the girl sit on his lap when they said they didn't want to buy a $20 photo.
Chantel says when she asked Santa for an American Girl doll, he replied she'd get an "American football."
When the mom posted her story online, others shared similar experiences.
SPRINGFIELD POLICE CHASING MYSTERIOUS NAKED JOGGER: SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A Springfield man is giving new meaning to the phrase "fitness buff."
Police have received several reports of a man jogging nude through a city neighborhood, but so far have not been able to locate him.
The most recent reports came at about 6:30 a.m. Wednesday when several people called to report the au naturel runner.
Police responding to the scene couldn't find the man.
Sgt. John Delaney says there have been prior reports of a man running without clothes through the same neighborhood at about the same time of day.
He is described as a white man in his 30s.
Police say if apprehended, he faces charges of open and gross lewdness and indecent exposure.