Two Santa Clauses arrested at Dayton Mall
December 19, 2010
Two women who were dressed like Santa Claus were arrested at the Dayton Mall Saturday evening. The women, Jacqueline Sallie and Susan Rudolph were charged for criminal trespassing, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, and public intoxication. The group came to the Dayton Mall as part of “Santarchy,” a worldwide event in which people in various cities dress like Santa and have a good time celebrating the holiday spirit.
According to the Dayton Daily News :“A busload of revelers dressed as Santa — some of whom were allegedly intoxicated — descended Saturday evening on the Dayton Mall, said John DiPietro, deputy chief of the Miami Twp. police. The group, between 75 and 100 in number, reportedly planned to assemble near the mall’s Santa Claus and sing Christmas tunes with off-color lyrics, DiPietro said. ‘I’m sorry, a shopping mall that is full of kids and families at the holidays, that’s just not appropriate,’ he said. ‘Shame on them for making that decision.’”
According to the group’s website, www.santacon.info, the group is a worldwide organization that organizes pub crawls and then goes into public places handing out candy to kids and naughty toys to adults. The site also claims the finish by singing Christmas songs from their song book which is full of naughty lyrics. Members of the group commented that the members ranged in age from late 20s to late 60s, and that those who drank before the visit “paced themselves.”
Chris Tussey told News 10: "It was right there in the middle of the mall. The kids were scared to death. They're arresting Santa Claus. That's what we live for. It's the Christmas spirit," said Chris Tussey who quickly recorded an arrest a woman dressed in a Santa suit on his cell phone. “Cops were everywhere. Santa's were running everywhere with their hats. It was, yeah, one of the most craziest things I've ever seen in my life," said Tussey.
Attorney Chris Bucio commented to the Associated Press, “This is really unbelievable. There’s a lot of crimes going on in Dayton – drugs, murders – you would think a group singing songs, wearing Santa hats, just trying to spread some Christmas cheer would be well-received.”