FOREST CITY, N.C. (CNN) – A lot of children look forward to visiting Santa during the holidays.
For one North Carolina boy, who says he was fat-shamed by Santa, the experience was scarring.
“I went out and I started crying because I just felt so bad,” Anthony Mayse said.
“This year we thought it’d be fun to take the carriage ride and let the kids ice skate and go see Santa,” Ashley Mayse, the boy’s mother, said.
Meeting St. Nick should have been the kicker, not the heartbreaker, but Anthony and his mom say he didn’t act like a saint.
“He acted like he didn’t want to be there to do the job,” Ashley said. “Very rude, I’ve never seen anything like it.”
Anthony asked for an iPod Touch and a drone for Christmas when the family says he was body shamed.
“And when I got done, he said lay off the hamburgers and French fries and that really just disrespected me and I felt awful,” Anthony said.
“What set me off is when he started crying.”
The polar opposite to tears of joy.
“I was just mind blown. I wished a million times that we would have never went,” Ashley said.
“It affected me so bad that I was crying until I went to bed that night,” Anthony said. “I want to say to him, like my mama said, you don’t wanna disrespect a nine-year-old. Even though, what shape and size you are, it doesn’t matter.”
He later tore up his picture with Mr. Claus, who’s employed by Forest City to spread good cheer.
The town manager says Santa apologized to both the supervisor and the Mayse family, but wouldn’t say whether disciplinary action was taken.
“When he went to apologize to me he didn’t even mean it,” Anthony said.
Instead of a letter to Santa, Ashley would prefer the city sends a “pink slip.”
“I’m hoping he’s fired because I don’t want any kid feeling like he did Saturday. I mean it destroyed him.”
They’d like the Forest City Santa to “lay off ” insensitive comments.
No more St. Nick for them.
“I’d probably go to the mall and stuff but not that Santa – I will never be at Forest City again doing that,” Anthony said.