Santa & Elf Fired for Turning Away Autistic Girl & Assistance Dog

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Two people, one working as a store Santa and the other as an elf, have been fired for turning away a little girl and her assistance dog.  They were employed at The Shops at Mission Viejo in California.  Apparently, the pair were afraid of the little girl’s assistance dog, which is a pit bull.

News of the firing was released on Pup-cake’s social media site.  Pup-cake was in line with seven-year-old that she assists with her daily life, Abcde Santos, for over 30 minutes on the day in question.  They were hoping to get a picture together with Santa and his Elf.

Even though the little girl, whom is Autistic, and her dog waited as long as they did for their photo opportunity, when they got to the front of the line, they were quickly asked to leave.  Apparently, this Santa has a fear of pit bulls.

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According to reports, even trying to take the dog out of line to just have the little girl go was no good either.  Santa still refused to take a picture with, or interact in any way with Abcde.  Even after the dog was removed.  The little girl was very understandably upset over things.

If there was anything good to come of this, the property group that owns “The Shops” acted very quickly.  The management team overseeing the whole store Santa operation immediately fired the pair for their actions, and so did the company supplying the Santa and Elf employees, Noerr.

In a comment posted to The Shops at Mission Viejo’s Facebook page on Monday, the Shops management team said, “We look forward to welcoming back the Santos family and Pup-Cake for a special Santa experience.”  Fans of the stores Facebook page lauded their quick action in the matter, posting many positive comments.

The Santos family works to educate the public about the American with Disabilities Act – the media release stated: “The Santos family’s goal is always equality education and their offer to provide American with disabilities act training still stands.”

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0 thoughts on “Santa & Elf Fired for Turning Away Autistic Girl & Assistance Dog”

  1. I am so sick of these dogs getting a bad rap all because of ignorance & uneducation. It’s because of the A**holes like Michael Vick,the media & the buffoons who use these dogs for the wrong reason. They are just like any other dog All they want to do is love & be loved.

    • People don’t misunderstand the breed. That is why they are cautious of them. I owned many dogs in my life, all mid-sized mix shelter rescues. The ONLY dog I had to give away was a doberman pincher. I didn’t know how to train him, and he bit me several times (he was playing) I never had a problem with the other dogs. The person that took him trained him as a security dog and he did great.

      The KIND of dog makes a big difference. Pits can do A LOT of damage. Even if the family chooses to have them among their own children (something I would NEVER do) they should not expect everyone to stop being cautious around them. The family could have choosen a more accepted breed, they did not. They were stupid.

      • That pit bull will give his own life to protect that little girl. They are excellent when properly trained not a stupid choice… it sound like you need to be more educated about service dogs

      • now, I may be mistaken but I am 99% sure that you said you owned a doberman pinscher… huh. I don’t think thats even a bully breed. please educate yourself because your ignorance is really distasteful.

  2. Just look at that Pitbull all dressed up with the young girl, hard to believe they would think the Dog was dangerous.


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