THE Christmas spirit seems to be sadly lacking at a Santa’s Grotto in Alicant on Spain’s Costa Blanca, with fights breaking out in the queue and a singer apparently extolling the virtues of sex and drugs to children patiently waiting.
Officially contracted group Malaletra was first to cause a social media storm at Alicante’s iconic Panteón de Quijano, with lyrics such as “drugs are a dangerous and fun thing.”
Parents were overheard telling their children not to listen while others left the queue, taking their children with them.
The council swiftly apologised on social media saying it deeply regretted the incident adding the lyrics were “inappropriate for the environment.”
But the council can’t say it wasn’t warned. In a publication bearing the city’s logo the group said: “On Saturday, December 7 we will see each other at 7 pm in the Pantéon de Quijano to talk about life … and the reality about drugs and the unknown anal sex.”
More to was follow as the chaotic ticketing system led to tension as people waited to have their children’s photo with Santa.
The company running the event was forced to call the police several times as fights broke out in the queue.
And to make matters even worse, social media has been full of comments complaining about the “attitude” of Santa’s helpers to the children as well as the poor organisation.