A Georgia man says he was fired from his job as a shopping mall’s Santa Claus after a manager complained about his wearing of a pro-Trump hat.
“It really was an innocent thing. It really was,” Frank Skinner, a supporter of President Donald Trump who has nearly five decades of experience as a mall Santa, told First Coast News. Skinner, who worked at the Mall at Waycross Shopping Center, shared a post to Facebook on Tuesday describing his account of the controversy.
He said he put on the hat while the mall was closing and no children were nearby. Someone snapped a photo, which he uploaded to his Facebook account “for laughs. Skinner believes someone saw the photo and passed it along to mall management and the media.
According to a post shared by Skinner on Facebook, mall management initially told him they’d received a request for him to stop wearing the Trump hat.