Shopping centre fires Santa Claus for refusing four-year-old autistic boy

A Father Christmas has been sacked by a shopping centre for refusing to pose with an autistic boy.

Little Daniel Alves, four, was buzzing to meet Santa Claus but couldn't understand why the bearded old man denied him so much as a photo.

Shocked mum, Angélica Alves, told Metropoles newspaper in Brazil how painful it was to see the paid actor reject her son at Shopping Sul in Valparaíso, Goiás, on Sunday.

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She said: "Santa Claus just turned around and said no, that there would be no picture."

Such is his autism, Daniel became restless while queueing for a hug from the big man and Angélica explained to other customers waiting, why that was.

One person who seemed to not take too kindly to Daniel's behaviour was Santa himself after Angélica told him about her son's autism ahead of the photo, MailOnline reports.

Angélica's snap of her son shows him beside a female grotto helper and a totally disinterested Father Christmas turning away from the camera.

He then had the cheek to flag Angélica down to remove Daniel for the next kid to have their photo.

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Angélica said. "It is very painful to see your child being rejected. I felt my son rejected and it hurt me a lot. I know I'm going to witness it, but I sincerely hope not, you know? I want my son to be included in society as a normal person, as a normal child."

An apologetic response from the shopping centre to Angélica's complaint about the incident revealed that the actor had been sacked on the spot as a result of his discriminatory behaviour.

Metropoles, Shopping Sul said that the incident "does not reflect the values of the company, which bases its relationships on principles such as ethics, respect and equality."

Daniel was also invited to meet with the replacement Santa.


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