Santas Cited for Illegal Dumping and Permit Violations
|You need a permit for those, sir...|
The city, however, didn't exactly leave out milk and cookies for the revelers. A purported event organizer was cited at Duboce Park for failing to apply for the proper permits. A man allegedly attempting to unload faux snow from a pickup truck was further cited for "illegal dumping."
"The illegal dumping citation was for the driver with a pick-up truck loaded with snow parked on side walk. He was in the process of dumping the snow into the park," writes Recreation and Park spokeswoman Connie Chan. "And the sponsoring event without permit citation was for the woman accompanying the driver [who] admitted that it was her plan to dump the snow as part of the SantaCon activities."
The organizers, however, aren't jolly about this, and vow to initiate a Santa vs. The Law battle in the forthcoming months.
Per the SantaCon site, from a missive penned by "Santa PT2646," an "Organizer":
Santa wishes there could have been more snow for you at Duboce park but the SF Park Police made SF Santa leave and cited he and Mrs. Claus for an un-permitted event and for littering (apparently snow is litter). Rest assured Santa intends to fight the charges in court. If it does result in a fine, Santa will be doing some crowd funding to pay the fines. Please friend SF-Santa on Facebook to get updates on how it plays out.
SF Santa wishes you and your family a very Merry Christmas. See you next year. Nothing can stop the Red Tide.
Once again, San Francisco has proven itself to be an amazing place. Other cities have given Santa a truly hard time. But it took San Francisco to formally issue citations and invoke the specter of court proceedings.
A red-nosed lawyer may yet factor in to the situation.