Frank Skinner has been a long-time mall Santa Claus in Georgia — he’s been going for over fifty years at multiple locations.
However, that all came to a screeching halt earlier this week after he was fired by the Mall of Waycross for getting a quick photo in a hat supporting President Donald Trump. The photo was taken after hours and meant for just his family.
“It really was an innocent thing. It really was,” Skinner told First Coast News. He added that he felt his departure was in violation of his constitutional rights when they told him not to come back to work.
Skinner explains what happened in a lengthy Facebook post:
I would like to address the truth as to what happened at the Mall of Waycross concerning me and the photo taken with a…
“Unfortunately, after posting the photo someone went to my personal Facebook page and took a screen shot to use and report. I don’t know the exact actions taken by that community member from that point, on, but somehow the Mall management received a request for the removal of my trump hat, (request sent out of context as if I wear it all day) & First Coast News received the photo as well. The news contacted the mall management for a statement. The statement the mall received claimed I would be replaced and from that point on this all became a massive controversy,” Skinner explained.
He noted that he didn’t meant to “create a firestorm by doing that but simply intended to post the photo on my page for a little humor, as I have many friends and family who, like me, support our president.”
Ultimately he ended his message with, “In closing lets all remember this is the Christmas Season … lets put aside our differences and LET’S CELEBRATE IN KEEPING CHRIST IN CHRISTMAS!”
Spoken like a true Father Christmas!
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