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Kids Keep Santa From Getting a Ticket

It was reported on December 12, 1965, that Tip Almond, a 250-pound (113 kg) Santa was pulled over in Athens, Georgia by Officer Bob Weatherford to question him about a missing license plate on his car. I’m guessing that his sleigh was in the repair shop.

Santa explained to the officer that his plate had either been lost or stolen and that he had already reported it to authorities.

That’s when a group of children in a passing car insisted that their father pull over to the side of the road to assist Santa. The kids began screaming and arguing with the officer. He realized it was a losing battle. He turned to Santa and said, “Get out of here before you get me in trouble.”

Sometimes Santa Claus needs to find alternative modes of transportation. 1921 image from the Library of Congress.
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