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The U.S. Postal Service has ordered a letter carrier to stop wearing a Santa Claus outfit after a co-worker complained.
Bob McLean has been dressing up as Santa for the past decade, donning a red suit to deliver the mail along his route in Bellevue, WA. He even has a snow white beard â€“ thatâ€™s real.
â€œThe government is shutting me down because itâ€™s a non-postal regulation uniform, McLean told the Bellevue Reporter. â€œThis was the first time; I donâ€™t know what happened. I donâ€™t step on anyoneâ€™s toes. Being Santa isnâ€™t religious to me; itâ€™s secular. Itâ€™s about giving.â€
But the U.S. Postal Service said itâ€™s about looking like a letter carrier.
â€œThe Santa Claus suit is not in compliance with the Postal Serviceâ€™s dress code for letter carriers,â€ Postal Service spokesman Ernie Swanson told Fox News & Commentary.
He confirmed that someone was not too happy about a colleague dressed like Jolly Old Saint Nick.
â€œHe had been doing this for some and there had not been an issue and a couple of weeks ago one of his fellow carriers raised the issue with management,â€ Swanson said. â€œThe postmaster acknowledges that until one of his fellow carriers made an issue out of it he was okay with it,â€ Swanson said.
By most accounts, McLeanâ€™s Santa suit was well-received along his route â€“ especially the children.
â€œLittle kids â€“ they just stare because they wonder,â€ said Brenda Archuletta in an interview with the Bellevue Reporter.
â€œI love seeing Santa,â€ Rachel Young told television station News 9. â€œIt does bring cheer. It brings something to old Main Street that other places donâ€™t have.â€
Regardless of what the Postal Service said, McLean told News 9 he plans on defying orders.
â€œKinda going rogue,â€ he said. â€œMight get in trouble.â€
The Postal Service said there was no leeway in the dress code.
â€œThe postmaster didnâ€™t feel he had any choice in the matter,â€ Swanson said.