Santas Get Last Laugh in Ho-Ho-Ho Debate

A California-based temp staffing agency banned the phrase “Ho-ho-ho!” for Santas they were employing in the South Pacific. Their training of new Santas suggested the term could be taken as an offense to women, especially in light of the Don Imus flap earlier in 2007.

A wide-spread media campaign brought attention to the policy only after experienced Santas employed by the agency protested and refused seasonal assignments in New Zealand.

Shopping center representatives, who initially backed the policy, are now saying the phrase is an “important Christmas tradition”.

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