Macy's Fires Santa, Hires Fake-Bearded Replacements

Macy's Santa differentThe children of downtown Portland know who Santa is. They've sat on the same lap every year at Macy's, and when they bump into him during the summer, he'll explain that he's on vacation, which is why he's shed the fur-lined red suit. But the Santa they know and love is no more; Macy's fired its two veteran Santas this year, and replaced them with fake-bearded Saint Nicks from a national vendor.

Santa Tom and Santa Phil have been working for the Portland Santa company for seven and 12 years, respectively, and have become familiar faces for both parents and children every holiday season, reports the Daily Mail. But Macy's decided to populate their Santalands across the country this year through an East Coast supplier. That way all of Macy's Santas will look the same.

"It's not just a public display that's inanimate," said Joe Hawes, who owns the Portland Santa company. "It's personal and emotional, especially for young children, and for people who have built this into their annual family traditions, it's very significant."

"I have an entire row of photos of my children with Santas Phil and Tom," said Melissa Rodewald on the Santaland Facebook page. "It's a Christmas tradition we won't give up!"

"We've been going to Macy's (Meier & Frank) for 18 years with our kids. Now the tradition continues with our grandson," said Jane Bennett. She took the tot to the new Santaland and had a horrible experience, she says: rushed through, yelled at by an elf, and handed photos that were decidedly lacking in magic.

The old, "authentic" Santas aren't hanging up their red hats, however. They're setting up a rival Santa display nearby in Pioneer Courthouse Square.

"Needless to say, we will be visiting the real Santa at Pioneer Square," says Bennett, "and telling our grandson that the one we saw last week was his helper."

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You DO NOT want to work at MACY'S! Aside from dirt pay, they are self-insured company. By doing so, the way they treat legitimately hurt workers is worst then the injury itself! If you are hurt badly enough, ending up with permanent disability and put on Social Security Disability or SSI, they will fight you tooth and nail for years in court with their lying DRs, phoney baloney IME exams. They spend more $ on lawyers, thanks to their ruthless Claims Adjuster Robin Goodell, so they DO NOT have to pay your Workers Comp, dumping YOU onto the government! You've been warned - STAY AWAY from MACY's - they will treat you like GARBAGE - you are indispensable - NO MATTER how hard you work or your qualifications!!

They give MORE jobs OVERSEAS including Customer Service, not to mention cheaply made, overpriced merchandise made in China, done away with Union Workers and Full Time help so NO Benefits! They just want to take your money! The greedy Macy's management is one part of the reason, America is in the dumps. They look at themselves as a Leader in Retail Business -- YEAH! in How to RIP OFF your employees and customers, underneath their noses, so Corporate Management can live the High Life. Macy's ain't what it used to be when privately owned.

Its ALL A BIG FARCE! One day they will fall hard when people wake up to what is going on and stop falling for the Sale Commercials! Refocus and Buy Local!

February 12 2012 at 1:19 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

What happened to the Mircale on 34th Macy's.? They've become greedy and uncaring. You can't find a salesperson, merchandise is poor quality, and expensive. I go there twice a year for cosmetic sales and that's all. The store is empty while thrift shops are crowded and the merchandise is the same. Shame on Macy's for distroying a legend.

December 21 2011 at 6:23 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Is this the Republicans attack on Christmas? To hire a cheaper Santa?

December 13 2011 at 10:00 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

I guess it is sort of like "Miracle on 34th Street" except this time Macy's fired the real Santa and hired the fake one.

December 13 2011 at 9:39 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Macy,s is,nt known for their smarts and this proves it. Scrooges!

December 13 2011 at 9:08 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

I hope these Santas make it big.. Screw the corporate B.S.

December 13 2011 at 8:55 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Since Macy's bankruptcy in 1992 and subsequent "merger" with (takeover by) Federated in 1994, it has gone downhill. Federated figured by changing its name to Macy it would become more upscale, but most of the service distinguishing characteristics of Macy's have been cookie cut out by the corporate offices. Unfortunately I learned not to expect anything more from Macy's these days and hence explains why my spending there has declined to almost nothing at their stores.

December 13 2011 at 8:31 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Harry Piels

What's the world coming to? All the traditions and fun are being wiped out in the name of the bottom line. I wonder what the Santa in Miracle on 34th Street would say to that ?! Oh, that's right, nobody watches that anymore or knows what it is. Hey, wasn't that the Macy's Santa in the movie?.

December 13 2011 at 8:03 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Macy's is stupid to fire its "real" Santas and replace them with generic phonies. Little kids are not dumb and can tell a "real" Santa from a fake. When our son was turning 3, a close friend rented a Santa suit and came to our house as Santa on Christmas Eve. Our son played along, but on Christmas Day when talking about Santa coming, he pointed out that it wasn't the "real" Santa but "Uncle" Ralph. He'd seen the "real" Santa at the mall and told him what he wanted for Christmas. We always took our kids to the malls and stores that had "real" Santas with real beards and plump bellies instead of the places that had the Santas with fake beards and padding. A "real" Santa draws people to a particular store. If a person doesn't care about authenticity, they can find the fake Santas anywhere. It may cost more to hire a "real" Santa than a fake but they bring in more business because there are lots of people who want their kids to experience a "real" Santa.

December 13 2011 at 6:10 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

What a crying shame

December 13 2011 at 5:49 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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