Friday, March 18, 2016

A Lesson From Santa Claus

"Sid," Santa Claus shouted over the phone from his North Pole office to his Beverly Hills lawyer, "I have a problem."

"What is it Santa," Sid inquired.

"It's Coca Cola," answered Santa, "And all the other advertisers that claim I use their products."

"Like Coca Cola," Santa continued, "Many of these products are bad for children, yet children are misled into thinking I use those products and so should they."

"I want it stopped!"

"I'll try," Sid promised Santa.

A week later Sid called Santa. "Not only will Coca Cola not stop, but they want to buy the 'naming rights' to your sleigh, and they want their name displayed on your clothing and on Rudolph."

"I can't stand it anymore," snapped Santa. "I know what I have to do." A day later, Santa held a global press conference.

"Ladies and gentlemen," Santa said. "I hate guns. They kill people, including defenseless little children, and nothing is done about it."

"From now on, when I'm not making toys for children, I will oppose the gun lobby with every bit of energy I have."

A day later Sid called Santa. "You did it. You're now so controversial, particularly in the U.S. that Coca Cola and the other advertisers want nothing to do with you."

"That's great news," replied Santa.

But there is one problem," said Sid. "The gun lobby is going to stop you and your toy filled sleigh from entering U.S. airspace on Christmas Eve."

"It's still better than what we had," sighed Santa.

"Coca Cola and the other advertisers will now stop deceiving children, and maybe some day the gun lobby will join us in helping to protect them."

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