Huffington Post, I hear tens of thousands of children all over the world who write letters to Santa at the North Pole this Christmas are unlikely to get a response from Santa Claus or his helpers.
The U.S. Postal Service is dropping the service begun in 1954 in the small Alaska town of North Pole, where volunteers open and respond to thousands of letters addressed to Santa each year. Replies come with North Pole postmarks.
A U.S. Postal Service spokesperson said the decision was made to suspend 'Operation Santa' after a postal worker in Maryland recognised a volunteer as a registered sex offender.
What the hell are the USPS thinking? How far will we go to exercise our illogical aversion to all real or imagined threats to our children? Am I the only one that thinks the fact that the majority of offences against children are committed by family and friends coupled with the fact that the bulk of the remainder are committed by non-registered offenders should be taken into consideration here?
How far do we take this insanity - should all children be taken from their families at birth, locked in state institutions staffed by robots and forbidden contact with the perverted adult population? Mind you I suspect those suspiciously risk averse adults, who spend their professional lives imagining more and more bizarre threats to our kids, are pretty close to announcing just such a policy before next Easter. After all what could be more suspicious than adults dressed in dodgy Bunny suits giving chocolate to children?
Santa and his Elves are to be made redundant, the length of service payment component of their redundancy is expected to amount to billions of dollars.