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Kingston Santa Claus Parade Attendee Arrested, Allegedly Told Kids Santa Doesn't Exist

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In the grand history of Christmas villains, there's plenty of scrooges to choose from. You've got the Grinch, Bumble (the Yeti who taunted Rudolph) and of course Ebeneezer Scrooge, among others.

Perhaps it was this league of holiday bad guys that inspired a Kingston, Ont. man who allegedly got his humbug on last weekend.

A 24-year-old man was arrested at the town's Santa Claus Parade on Nov. 17 after allegedly showing up drunk and telling kids Santa isn't real.

Police were able to identify the reported Grinch by his hairstyle — fashioned to look like horns sprouting from his head.

His official charges are Causing a Disturbance by Being Drunk, Breach of Probation and a Liquor Licence Act offence of Public Intoxication, according to the Kingston Police.

In Christmas stories, the villain often has a change of heart (such as growing three sizes, that day). Perhaps this young Scrooge was visited by three ghosts, but only if they could make it into the holding cell where he spent the rest of the evening.

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