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Tue Dec 25, 2012, 02:10 PM

Swedish police alerted after Santa's gray outfit angers foreign guest

Source: Associated Press

Dec 25, 12:18 PM EST
Swedish police alerted after Santa's gray outfit angers foreign guest

STOCKHOLM (AP) -- Police in Sweden had to intervene after a foreign visitor to a spa and conference center grew angry because a visiting Santa Claus was wearing a gray instead of red costume.

No one was arrested during the incident in Vallsta, some 300 kilometers (180 miles) north of Stockholm, early Tuesday.

But police said in a brief statement that the foreign guest grew agitated over the Santa outfit and argued with the center's staff. They did not say where the foreigner was from.



Read more: http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/E/EU_ODD_SWEDEN_GRAY_SANTA?SITE=WIJAN&SECTION=EUROPE&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT



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Reply Swedish police alerted after Santa's gray outfit angers foreign guest (Original post)
Judi Lynn Dec 2012 OP
freshwest Dec 2012 #1
JackRiddler Dec 2012 #6
awoke_in_2003 Dec 2012 #14
JackRiddler Dec 2012 #27
Enrique Dec 2012 #2
monmouth3 Dec 2012 #3
DFW Dec 2012 #4
freshwest Dec 2012 #8
20score Dec 2012 #5
Bette Noir Dec 2012 #7
iemitsu Dec 2012 #9
dipsydoodle Dec 2012 #13
blackspade Dec 2012 #22
ashling Dec 2012 #26
Gemini Cat Dec 2012 #10
sakabatou Dec 2012 #11
tularetom Dec 2012 #12
Paladin Dec 2012 #15
SoapBox Dec 2012 #16
California Expat Dec 2012 #17
BigDemVoter Dec 2012 #18
Dash87 Dec 2012 #19
underthematrix Dec 2012 #20
dflprincess Dec 2012 #25
AAO Dec 2012 #21
pitbullgirl1965 Dec 2012 #24
Paulie Dec 2012 #23
cynzke Dec 2012 #28
TwilightGardener Dec 2012 #29
HooptieWagon Dec 2012 #30

Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 02:15 PM

1. Good grief, what an ignoramus!

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Response to freshwest (Reply #1)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 02:43 PM

6. Probably just a drunk.

Wonder what country the furrner is from. (It doesn't HAVE to be the US, of course.)

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Response to JackRiddler (Reply #6)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 03:22 PM

14. But I would bet he was. nt

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Response to awoke_in_2003 (Reply #14)

Wed Dec 26, 2012, 12:19 AM

27. Oh yes, so would I. Best odds.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 02:25 PM

2. was it Bill O'Reilly? n/t

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 02:26 PM

3. Let us hope it's not a republican USA tourist. We're already the laughing stock..n/t

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 02:27 PM

4. I checked the DN article

It said the guest was "powerfully dissatisfied (kraftfullt missnöjd)" and that the grey "santa (not quite a direct equivalent of 'tomte')" did not jive with his image.

Please, please, PLEASE do not let this jerk be from Texas, pretty please?

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Response to DFW (Reply #4)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 02:47 PM

8. Our condolences to any state he came from...

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 02:33 PM

5. I would bet a paycheck or two that this was a teabagger.

A War on Christmas, teabagger.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 02:43 PM

7. I believe Santa's red coat dates to a Coca Cola ad campaign from the 1930s.

If Santa's not drinking Coke on camera, he can wear whatever he chooses. In winter, in Sweden, I'd think fur is a good choice. If he tried that in LA, and the heat stroke didn't get him first, someone would turn it red whether he wanted it that way or not. (I never wore my vintage furs, for fear of protesters.)

(edited for typo)

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Response to Bette Noir (Reply #7)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 02:53 PM

9. Yes, I was going to say that the upset guest must be

from Coca Cola land, where all the Santas are fat and dressed in red.

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Response to Bette Noir (Reply #7)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 03:19 PM

13. Yes but after all this time

it can be taken as read.

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Response to Bette Noir (Reply #7)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 10:29 PM

22. Bingo!

Although I think it may originate as early as the late 1910s-1920s.

Before that the traditional outfit in the US was blue or green.

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Response to Bette Noir (Reply #7)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 11:33 PM

26. Thomas Nast had him in Red

I believe Clement Moore did too.

maybe not as much red ...

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 03:05 PM

10. The stupid burns brightly.

My first thought was it was probably an American. I find that sad.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 03:06 PM

11. Getting so angry at an outfit? WTF?

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 03:12 PM

12. God Jul, y'all!

What is ironic to me is that nowhere in the world is Christmas more "Christmasy" than in Sweden.

Maybe it's the climate, maybe it's the environment, I have no idea.

It sure isn't the fact that it's a hyper religious society. It seemed pretty secular to me.

But they sure knew how to celebrate Christmas. In a totally non commercial manner.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 03:24 PM

15. People Have Died For A Lot Less In The U.S. (nt)

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 03:40 PM

16. Well, what the?

The world has LOST its collective mind!

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 07:09 PM

17. God Jul to all!

The Santa figure Americans know is a late arrival here in Sweden.

Tomten, as he is known here, is a gnome who travels with a goat delivering presents on Christmas eve afternoon (in person) right after Kalle Anka (better known in the US as Donald Duck). He wears a red hat, brown pants and a blue jacket.

My adopted country has some interesting customs at this time of year.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 07:33 PM

18. Oh boy. . .

I wish the only thing I had to worry about was what Santa was wearing!

Do you suppose this person has some issues?

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 08:14 PM

19. Has to be an American.

No other country would produce someone so dumb.

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Response to Dash87 (Reply #19)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 09:10 PM

20. I was thinking the same thing.

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Response to Dash87 (Reply #19)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 11:19 PM

25. That was my first thought

It makes me sad that it was.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 10:26 PM

21. "They did not say where the foreigner was from."

 

Texas?

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Response to AAO (Reply #21)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 11:03 PM

24. Fox News n/t

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 10:56 PM

23. Wouldn't his suit be grey/black from all the soot in the chimneys?

You'd think so....

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Dec 26, 2012, 12:51 PM

28. Only....

An American "redneck" ignoramus would cause a ruckus over this. Totally ignorant to any other cultures and traditions. Good thing he had to leave his "weapons" at home!

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Dec 26, 2012, 12:57 PM

29. Your first pic is actually a grizzly bear wearing a mask

to lure tasty children. Just sayin'.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Dec 26, 2012, 03:49 PM

30. Its gotta be an American...

and a teabagger/bible-thumper. And about 90% probability of being from the South. The stupid burns brightly here.

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