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Dear Kris Kringle

Dear Kris Kringle on the 1970 Christmas Classic Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town,

You, sir, are a complete jerk.

I know, I know: you have probably never heard that before.  I’ll give you a moment to absorb that phrase before I continue.

Moment’s up.

You really are awful.  Yes, at the beginning of the TV special, you offer to take toys over the mountain to the children of Sombertown, but that is where your selfless generosity ends.

When you learn that Mayor Burgermeister Meisterburger has made the possession of toys illegal and punishable by imprisonment of entire households, you don’t take measures to ensure that Burgermeister will be thrown out of power, nor do you help the people of Sombertown.  Instead, you sneak toys to them, toys which will have entire families thrown in prison.

I don’t really understand your motive in all of this, honestly.  You don’t make the toys; your decrepit adoptive family does that.  You were never a toy maker to the king, so you won’t get any feeling that justice has been served from your endeavors.  Your forcing illegal objects on poor, monochromatic children is baffling.

Also, the way in which you talk to people is rude.  I understand that you were raised by elves who all share the same voice actor, and you may find the depth and variety in your own voice a bit shocking, but you need to tone down the obnoxious jerkitude when speaking to children…and Jessica…and when monologuing.

Really, you should only speak that way to Burgermeister.  He deserves it.

I wish you the best and I hope you can overcome your own pompous, obnoxious ego long enough to not get small children thrown in prison.



P.S. Not jerky, but creepy: When you insist that children you don’t know at all sit on your lap and pay the “price” of a kiss on the cheek in exchange for a toy, it’s just a little weird.  Stop that.


Dear Customers of Stores

Dear Customers of Stores,

The people who work for the stores where you shop are not Ms. Cleo nor the witch of Endor nor Shawn Spencer. They cannot read your mind and there is no reason for you to assume that that is a natural function of someone who works in customer service. Many times they are more than willing to help you if they actually know that you need help. The only way they’ll know is if you communicate your needs to them.

The following does not constitute proper communication:

Pointing at an item you need lifted, scanned or moved without expressing what you would like the employee to do for you.

Nodding or shaking your head when asked a question that cannot be sufficiently answered with a “yes” or a “no”.

Nodding or shaking your head so slightly that no person of any intelligence level can discern what your answer to the question is.

Gesturing wildly to the employee because you refuse to either hang up your cell phone or tell the party on the other line to wait a moment.

Snapping at anyone, ever.

Telling one of the people shopping with you what you’d like the employee to do (i.e. Saying, “She’ll get it for us.” to your friend without actually asking for the employee to procure the item.)

Silently seething because you need help loading your purchases but refuse to tell anyone of your need. And then complaining because the employees didn’t read your mind.

Staring wordlessly at an employee.

If you need help, just ask. Most employees in the customer service are happy to help you if you express a need. However, if you fail to communicate with actual words, don’t blame the employee; blame yourself.