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So, I'm in Target getting a few last minute things and looking for one of those hooks that you stick to the wall and later remove it. As I'm walking down the aisles I see two kids around their Dad about to cry. They see something they want really bad. I mean REALLY, REALLY bad. Kids looked like 6-9. They keep pleading with Dad how bad they want this toy and they're willing to do anything to get it for Christmas right now.

Dad is trying to talk them out of it and pointing out that if they do this that they will be very unhappy come Christmas morning when there are no new presents there for them. The kids respond in unison that they are up for that challenge. I'm not sure he expected that.

So, what does he do? He dials Santa on his cell phone to explain the situation. Yeah. He goes into this elaborate story about how he is having trouble looking up the super secret number to call the North Pole. He actually tells the kids to look the other way to keep it a secret. This goes on for a few minutes and they were still trying to reach Santa.

I finally found my item and was ready to check out. I'm not sure I want to know how the rest of that conversation played out. I'm guessing he is just a horrible liar to his kids. Suggestions?

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geometrician
Dec. 19th, 2007 04:36 am (UTC)
I'd make two observations:

1. Yeah, he is manipulating his kids and the situation, a habit that will not play out well for him in twenty years.

2. That his kids behave that way says he gives in to their demands on a regular basis.

Woe for the future...
rbsmith77
Dec. 19th, 2007 04:44 am (UTC)
He should have called a friend or cool coworker, conversation goes something like this:

Secret Santa: Hi Jim, What's up?
Dad: Hi, yes this is Jim, I am out shopping with my kids Mr. Claus. They really want me to buy this toy for them, but I fear I might step on your toes. Any advice?
Secret Santa: Are you shitting me? Come on you cheap bastard, you are not going to have me cover your ass on this one.
Dad: I know, Mr. Claus. Gifts are supposed to be a surprise on Christmas morning. Those are the rules, I know.
Secret Santa: You better hope the kids buy this rountine, I am NOT lying to your kids on the phone.
Dad: What's that? You want to tell the kids they should be patient?
Secret Santa: Don't you dare?
Dad: Ok Mr. Claus, I will put you on speakphone
Secret Santa: Uh, Hi Jim Jr and Candy, I mean Chrissy, you should uh really wait to see what I got you. If you let your dad buy you that nice toy now, you won't have anything to look forward to on Christmas morning. Now let me talk to your dad in private, I need to coordinate gifts with him this year.
Dad: You're off of speakerphone, is there anything special I should know about this xmas?
Secret Santa: Dude, seriously, if you wouldn't have blown all that money on lap dances last night, you probably could cough up some dough.
Dad: Yes yes yes, I know I got your letter about watching out for bad little boys.
Secret Santa: That's it, I am hanging up now and calling your wife to tell her how much of a horrible dad you are.
Dad: Ok Santa, I will chat with you later.

Eh, reasons why I am techie not a writer.
sibertater
Dec. 19th, 2007 06:28 am (UTC)
Say no and draw back like you're going to hit them.

When I was a kid and I pulled that shit, we left. Mom would grab her purse and me, park the cart and we'd leave. If I was still screaming when I got to the car, I got spanked.

Why don't we spank kids anymore?
manley1
Dec. 19th, 2007 03:26 pm (UTC)
I don't know who I'd handle this situation with precocious kids. Since I never plan on having any, it's really not an issue. I'll give him points for trying, but it seems like he lost control some time ago over his little ones. Oy.
kingfuraday
Dec. 19th, 2007 10:38 pm (UTC)
My Mom/Dad wouldn't have even entertained the discussion... Someone mentioned that fact that the kids were even berating their father about the toy says a lot about the lack of ground rules etc there to begin with.

Sometimes I'm oh so happy not to have to worry about such things...
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