First, I was under the naive and disgruntled impression that SantaCon was a New York thing. Indeed, I grumpily told some friends − who corrected me − that I had hoped It came from somewhere else, like further west, like Pennsylvania, or Indiana.
Well, I don’t know where it comes from but it’s EVERYWHERE.
Meanwhile, as Lowering the Bar just reported: Santa Robs Bank During SantaCon, Blends Into SantaCrowd – Lowering the Bar. I am in schadenfreudish glee. And didn’t Major Crimes just broadcast a Santa-robs-a-bank story?
Why did I pose that as a question? Because we all know they did. But maybe more significant, Virginia’s parents better get her into therapy asap, because “Yes, Virginia, there are many, many, many Santas, who invade bars and throw up and drive city citizens nuts,” would sort of overwhelm her little plaint and put creases into her little psyche.
Anyhow, here’s Lowering the Bar’s full story, complete with colored photos and some bonus Santa links, as my Christmas gift to all of you:
Santa Robs Bank During SantaCon, Blends Into SantaCrowd
Santa has committed numerous crimes over the years, but usually he’s either acted alone or conspired with others posing as Santa. It seems doubtful that everyone participating in SantaCon was in on this bank robbery, but you never know.
According to multiple reports (thanks, Mark), on December 13 this ill-bearded Kringle robbed a Wells Fargo bank on Sutter Street in San Francisco, coincidentally about a block from Lowering the Bar headquarters (and yes, that is a coincidence). He told the teller he had a gun, gave her a demand note, got some cash and left the bank.
Ordinarily, he might not have been too hard to track down in his Santa suit, but because that day was SantaCon in San Francisco (you can see one other Santa through the window behind him), this posed a slightly greater challenge.
Whether or not he actually merged with a crowd of Santas like this one isn’t clear, but there were a lot of Santas roaming around downtown SF that day, according to reports (I, again, was not in the area). The scheme seems to have worked at least temporarily; as of today, the culprit has still not been located.
Be on the lookout.
Previously, for example, and in no particular order: