A woman, second from left and facing camera, is separated from another woman, right, after a shoving match over their place in line to see Santa Claus. (Joshua Sudock, OC Register)
Oh, what a joyous time of year! Sad that this kind of news is no longer shocking..it has become a “holiday” tradition.
This from the Orange County Register:
Jingle bell brawl in Anaheim
Three mothers get into shoving match over place in line to see Santa Claus.
By JOSHUA SUDOCK
ANAHEIM –The arrival of Santa Claus to the Anaheim Town Square shopping center was interrupted briefly Friday when three mothers — one holding an infant – got into a shoving match over their place in line to see Saint Nick.
Security guards and event workers separated the women, who were shoving one another for nearly 30 seconds. No injuries were reported, and no arrests were made.
One mother claimed that she’d been saving her family’s place in line since 9 a.m. for Santa Claus’s noon appearance.
The mothers – all with children in tow – were lined up to see the “Jingle Bell Jump,” which involved Santa Claus landing in the parking lot in a hot-air balloon.
The Jingle Bell Jump was an annual tradition at Anaheim Town Square that featured Santa Claus parachuting into the shopping center. After Sept. 11, 2001, a no-fly zone was enacted in a three-mile radius around Disneyland. Anaheim Town Square falls within the restricted area by a quarter-mile.
The first 300 people at the shopping center on the corner of corner of Lincoln Avenue and State College Boulevard received free T-shirts.