Originally posted on National Post | News:
It’s the most egregious Christmas crime: telling a child that the man in red isn’t real. This weekend, a 24-year-old Kingston, Ont., man filtered his way through the city’s annual Santa Claus parade, announcing the “truth” about Santa to the festive crowds. “Arrested an intoxicated Grinch for trying to yell at kids that Santa’s not real! So misinformed. His heart must be many sizes too small!” Kingston Police media relations officer Constable Steve Koopman tweeted. He spoke Tuesday with the Post’s Sarah Boesveld.
Q: So everyone was having a jolly old time at the Santa Claus Parade, and then the Grinch shows up.
A: Yeah, about halfway through, I heard a call over the radio in my earpiece that a citizen reported a male was going around up the sidewalk of Princess Street, our main thoroughfare in the downtown, shouting some obscenities but also trying to inform children around him or nearby him that Santa Claus was not real.
Q: Stake to the heart!
A: I know. It hits every officer, too — most of us have children ourselves. We had roughly 20 officers on duty for the parade, plus 20 volunteers and 20 police foundations college students so it was passed along. It was only one or two blocks later when a patrol officer and then one of our core officers identified this male, who, even though I described him in a tweet I sent out as being Grinch-like, was wearing nothing in relation to a Grinch suit.