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Santa fired from Macy's gets hired at eatery

December 9, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
A Macy's store in San Francisco fired its Santa of 20 years after he told a joke to one couple who didn't think it was appropriate, but a restaurant offered him to be its Santa. John Toomey said he had been telling similar jokes to adults for years, but the store let him go.

"We'll offer you double what Macy's paid and you can drink and eat all day long, as much as you want," said the restaurant owner.

Toomey can now be found at Lefty O'Doul's in San Francisco's Union Square.

He will be working with local firefighters on their annual toy drive.

Toomey also filed a complaint about his firing at Macy's, but the store declined to comment, saying it was a personnel issue.