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Fired SF Santa appears on "The Tonight Show"

Friday, December 10, 2010
John Toomey has been the Santa Claus at the Union Square Macys for over 20 years.

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A Santa Claus who was fired from a downtown San Francisco Macy's store over some bawdy humor has taken his story to Jay Leno's "Tonight Show."

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that John Toomey appeared on the show on Thursday.

Toomey lost his 20-year job playing St. Nick at the Macy's store last weekend after an adult couple complained about a joke he made. Toomey apparently told them he knows where all the naughty boys and girls live when they asked why he was so jolly.

He has since taken up a position playing Santa at Lefty O'Doul's, a nearby pub. His first day on the job is Friday.

Toomey will be available at the pub each day from 3 to 8 p.m. through Christmas Eve. And he will be allowed to tell jokes.

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