Chutzpah: The Santa Thief

Chutzpah. This is a word that is used often by myself because sometimes I just can’t believe what people do. I mean really! I thought it would be fun to share our Chutzpah moments. The only rules are no names of stores, people, or events. You may also not use inappropriate language. Leave a comment listing your favorite Chutzpah moment! I mean laughter is the best medicine.

chutzpah Or khutspe. Nerve, extreme arrogance, brazen presumption. In English, chutzpah often connotes courage or confidence, but among Yiddish speakers, it is not a compliment.

Have you ever been somewhere and you know you should keep your mouth shut. I require the extra strength glue to keep my lips connected to one another. I am quite sure that my husband’s hand is not even big enough to contain me. We were at the mall waiting to see Santa. I am sure you can imagine how much fun it is to wait in line to see Santa with three children. I assumed we would have to wait but it was over one hour and a half.

While we were in line there was a family behind us. They had a daughter that was going to sit on Santa’s lap. They were not going to buy pictures. That is understandable since they were $25. Yes I bought them I needed a gift.  What grandmother doesn’t want Santa pictures? The you lady had an older brother who kept taunting the mom that he was going to tell the child the big secret. I turned on my iPhone so my children would not hear the comments. Yes that is 90 minutes of “Hot Dog Hot Dog.”

Here is where the chutzpah came in. The associates were having trouble loading the film. This person got out of line and asked if they could go around all of the people waiting to have pictures taken to sit on Santa’s lap since they just wanted to sit on Santa’s lap. They were told “no.” This is the correct answer wait in line like the rest of us. This is a business they are not going to let someone who is not paying ahead of the people who are. I mean can you imagine the kid that is next in line watching this little girl sit on Santa’s lap first? I mean my children understand a line.

We finally have our turn and pictures are taken. We are rushed to the payment area. Then we look back and there is screaming going on. This family and their teenager are arguing with the associates over the no picture rule unless you pay. They are trying to take photos with their cell phone. They are using vulgar language. I mean this is in front of a group  of children. I think it takes Chutzpah to not follow the rules and then cause a scene in front of children. I called this article Santa thief because they took away a pleasant memory and now my kids describe the day as “We saw Santa and these rude people yelled at the elf girls.” If you do not want to pay that is fine but play by the rules and do NOT yell bad words around a group of children!


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  1. jolene says

    I think it also takes a lot of “chutzpah” to charge $25 for those pics lol…. where I live there is an awesome “real beard” Santa that will come to your home (or event) and let you take as many pics as you want for up to six kids for $25. And my husbands work did free pics w/ Santa as well 🙂

  2. says

    Thankfully the crowd had to wait in for Mouse’s very first picture with Santa was respectful, but of course loud. All us parents realized we were in the same boat (trying to keep kids entertained while waiting) and just dealt with it. Thankfully, Mouse had no melt downs but was just really confused as to what was going on? Mouse’s thought bubble: “Who exactly WAS this man who sort of looked like Grandpa…real white beard, real white hair and kind smile…who Mama gave me to and why is Mama making those ridiculous faces trying to make me giggle??”

    All in all, an ok experience. Yes, pictures were a bit pricey but we’d budgeted for it. When he’s bigger if we don’t want pictures, it’s always free just to let him sit on Santa’s lap and talk to Santa. And we were glad that we were able to go there on a weekday morning to try to be close to first in line. We actually ended up waiting around 30 minutes.

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