A Santa Claus has been sacked from a garden centre grotto after he allegedly told children, ‘I’m not real, it’s your mum and dad‘.
The Father Christmas also told the three siblings about the US school massacre – before they burst into tears.
Their mother, Wendy Kennett, said what was supposed to be a fun festive day out turned into the ‘worst day of her life’ as her children lost their faith in Santa.
Mrs Kennett, who paid £5.99 per child, said: ‘I was totally furious. I now had three children in tears.’
A spokesman for the garden centre said the Santa was under the impression the boy was playing along for his siblings and wanted to thank him.
Notcutts spokesman Jim Hawker said: ‘We have accepted the customers’ version of events and have dismissed the Santa, apologised and refunded the family.”