(Thanks to Spiro Dimakas for sending this story to STATter911.com.)
In Virginia Beach, Virginia Saturday night Santa Claus was pulled over by police for being too loud and disturbing neighbors. It happened in the Chimney Hill neighborhood after someone apparently didn’t like Santa’s siren, according to reporter Brendan Ponton of WTKR-TV.
Santa was riding through the neighborhood on an old fire engine. Without the siren children couldn’t be alerted to his arrival on their street. It ended the event for that night.
“We pulled over and I’m like, ‘You pulled a firetruck over with Santa Claus on top. What’s going on?'” Jasen White says he asked the officer. White was driving the truck. “The whole purpose of what we were doing was just to make the kids smile. It wasn’t meant to disturb anybody.”
Several families missed their chance to see Santa, including the Jones family. “I think it’s ridiculous,” said Richelle Jones, a mom whose two kids were waiting to see Santa, but never did. “It’s absolutely ridiculous. There are so many children in this neighborhood.”
White says he was told they didn’t need a permit as they weren’t stopping in the roads. He has a message to the neighbors who complained. “It was two hours out of your Saturday evening the weekend before Christmas. Was it that bad? Was it really that bad?”