You better watch out. At least one of Santa Claus's ghostwriters was a registered sex offender.
This year, excited children penning letters addressed to Santa, North Pole, will not be getting a response from the jolly one. The U.S. Postal Service has decided to stop the popular tradition that began in 1954 in North Pole, Alaska. For five decades, volunteers for Operation Santa have been answering the letters sent to the small Alaskan town.
Last year, when it was discovered that one of the volunteers was a registered sex offender, the Postal Service reevaluated the program.
"It's become a privacy issue," said USPS spokesman Ernie Swanson. "There's been concern on the part of outsiders about the Postal Service just handing out this information to people, and what could happen." The organization now prohibits volunteers from having access to children's family names and addresses.
It will now be up to individual post offices if they can adhere to the new restriction. Ironically, in the North Pole, the changes were not feasible.
The mayor of the North Pole, Mayor Doug Isaacson, is disappointed that the USPS has taken such extreme measures. "It's Grinchlike that [they] never informed all the little elves before the fact," he said. "They've been working on this for how long?"