Joke Costs Santa His Union Square Job

A naughty joke ends 20 year career.

Macy's Union Square has had "Santa John" on the clock for 20 Christmases.  He's been a mainstay of the Union Square store since 1990.

But today John Toomey is out of a job because of a joke he says he's used for decades.

Macy's fired Toomey over the weekend after a couple who visited him for a photo complained the joke was in bad taste.

Toomey says he must have told it a thousand times and notes he only tells it to adults.

You be the judge as Toomey tells the joke to SF Gate:

"When I ask the older people who sit on my lap if they've been good and they say, 'Yes,' I say, 'Gee, that's too bad.' Then, if they ask why Santa is so jolly, I joke that it's because I know where all the naughty boys and girls live." 

Macy's isn't talking.

Toomey is still hoping his long time employer will reconsider.

A savvy person would tell you that Toomey's phone is already ringing with offers from stores that aren't afraid of a Santa who can tell a joke.

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