On Christmas Day of 1920, the three children of New York Alderman Frank J. Dotzler were caught trying to sneak a peek at Santa while he was delivering their gifts.
So, Dotzler dressed up as Santa, filled a pack with gifts, and decided to descend their home’s chimney. Unlike the real Santa, Dotzler’s 340-pound mass got stuck about half-way down the chimney.
He was forced to yell for help. A bricklayer was called in to remove the portion of the chimney around Dotzler and the bag of gifts was tossed to the ground.
The moral of this story: Leave the work of heading down the chimney to the real Santa.