Two people in Santa Claus suits picketed a suburban Buffalo shopping mall Friday, angered by mall management claims that one of Santa's elves made a suggestive comment to an employee.
The two carried signs which read, "Work Wanted! Elves Out of Work," to protest being fired because an elf is accused of saying he would like to "molest" a female employee at Seneca Mall.Because of the accusation, the mall plans to break its contract with Old Style Music Co. to provide Santa, Mrs. Claus, Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and elves for the holiday shopping rush.
Kevin Hejmanowski, vice president of Old Style Music, said the trouble began Nov. 17 - the first day Santa and his colorful entourage arrived at the mall - when mall officials said one of the elves harassed the employee.
James Lagona, an attorney representing Old Style Music, said he plans to file a suit against the mall in state Supreme Court.
"It's difficult to break that contract on mere allegations," he said.