Mall Santa left dangling after beard gets caught in rappelling accident

By David Edwards
Thursday, December 1, 2011 9:54 EDT
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Santa Claus dangles from Florida mall roof
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A stuntman posing as Santa Claus probably wishes he had flying reindeer after an accident left him dangling from the roof a Florida mall.

The Santa impersonator had practiced a grand entrance by descending to the floor of a mall in Palm Beach Gardens, but when it came to show time, his fake beard got caught in the ropes as children looked on in horror.

Not knowing what else to do, an announcer encouraged onlookers to sing We Wish You a Merry Christmas “to help Santa reach the floor.”

“Magic can happen!” she exclaimed.

After losing the beard and hat, the stuntman was able to free himself and descend to ground level.

Watch this video from Milly Olson, uploaded Nov. 26, 2011.

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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