A drunken man dressed as Santa Claus ripped Christmas lights off a “Ride the Ducks” vehicle after being denied a free ride Saturday, police say.
The man apparently boarded the bus-boat tour vehicle near 4th Avenue and Pine Street at around 6:30 p.m., telling confused conductors that he “had ID.”
Employees ordered him off the vehicle, but the man refused. Then he lunged off the vehicle and scaled down its side, taking a string of Christmas lights with him. The man fled, but was caught by Westlake Mall security officers.
When police questioned the man, he claimed that he had slipped on wet pavement and accidentally pulled down the lights.
Saturday was the date of Seattle Santarchy 2013, which describes itself as “an annual mass gathering of people dressed in Santa Claus costumes parading publicly on streets and in bars.”
At 6:30 p.m., the group was scheduled to be concluding “caroling and merriment” at Westlake Park.
Police did not identify the man, but did say in a post that officers “confirmed that the suspect is not in fact the real Santa.”
“Officers documented the incident, provided everyone involved with case information, and added the not-Santa’s name to the Naughty List before releasing him from the scene,” the post says.