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Santa Gets a Summons

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St. Nick gets slapped with a parking ticket.

Santa Claus, a.k.a. Chip Cafiero of Bay Ridge Brooklyn

Sure, he can make it across the sky, down the chimney and into every single child's home across the world without a hitch, but it seems Santa got into a bit of trouble when he hitched his sled and headed into Brooklyn.

60-year-old Chip Cafiero never imagined that when he stepped into his Santa suit that he'd be slapped with a ticket. But that's just what happened. Earlier this week, Cafiero was spreading some holiday cheer as he handed out Christmas gifts to children along a busy street in Brooklyn. He used a horse-drawn sled to carry the gifts and was trailed by an SUV that was used to protect the sled from traffic. At one point, the SUV was double-parked while Santa stopped to hand out the toys. That's when things went from nice to naughty.

Witnesses say a Grinch of a traffic agent slapped Santa's SUV with a $115 ticket even though witnesses repeatedly yelled at the agent that he was ticketing Santa's car. Cafiero had a child on his lap and didn't want to start arguing with the agent in front of the kids so he stayed in character and repeated "Ho Ho Ho" as the agent wrote him the ticket. Bah-humbug is right!

Now the entire community is in an uproar and everyone, including local politicians, are demanding that Santa be saved from the summons. It seems all Santa wants for Christmas is to have the ticket tossed....and he may just get his Christmas wish after all.

Since the elves and Rudolph can't help with this one, a high-powered NY attorney has stepped in to help. Attorney Eddie Hayes is best known for being the model for the defense attorney in "The Bonfire of The Vanities." He's making it his mission to make certain the ticket gets dismissed so Santa can clear his name and get back to the business of delivering toys.

Do you think Santa should have to pay?

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Ellian Crossheart December 18, 2008, 7:55 PM

Brooklyn sounds stupid. I mean if Mario and Luigi double parked their car, the police wont arrest them, but if it has to be Santa, why arrest them when Santa hands out gifts to old and young. Santa is a good man, why should he get a ticket, Get a life Brooklyn! You can never arrest people in costumes, because Santa, Mario and Luigi are just fiction. People only wear them to make others believe. Bah-humbug!

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