Man Gets Kicked Out Of Six Flags For Looking Like Santa
A man who looks and dresses like Santa – and hands out candy to children – was asked to leave the Six Flags Over Texas amusement park.
"I had 5 security guards around me and one of them comes up to me and asked me if I work for the park," Henderson explained. "I told them 'no' and [the security] said 'well we've got a problem.’"
Turns out, Henderson's "problem" went beyond his red vest.
"[Security] said 'you look too much like Santa Claus, go home shave your beard off come back and we'll be happy to have you back'."
But for Henderson, shaving his trademark beard was not going to happen. "Not for you, Six Flags, or anyone else am I shaving my beard off," he told security.
In a statement, Six Flags claims Mr. Henderson was handing out candy in a Santa costume, which is in violation of their "no costume policy." They also said they "cannot allow individuals who are not approved by the park to interact with small children in this capacity."
(They’ve got a good point there that you’d think Henderson would understand – the park would have no idea whether a freelance Santa is naughty or nice, and it’s a risk they simply cannot take.)
Henderson denies he ever "dressed" like Santa. "This is not my costume," he explained. "This is casual wear, this is how I dress during the holidays."
As for the candy, Henderson says it's something he always carries around and he'll hand it out if a kid ever approaches him.
"I've been doing this for so long that I told my kids 'whenever I die I want to be buried in my suit'!"