Monday, December 12, 2005

Counterfeit Sainta Clauses Arrested at Malls

December 11th, 2005

Sai Baba devotees, masquerading as 'Sainta Clauses', were arrested at several malls across the country over the weekend for posing as representatives of the Salvation Army. They might have gotten away with their fraud had they not set up their buckets next to real Salvation Army Santas in a couple malls. It was obvious who the real Salvation Army Santas were, because the Saintas had crudely-made Salvation Army signs, hand-painted by Bal Vikas students, whereas the real Salvation Army Santas had signs that are professional in appearance.

Shoppers complained to police that the Sainta Clauses were following them to their cars in the parking lot and pestering them for donations while ringing loud bells at them. Some of the Salvation Army Santas were verbally assaulted by the Sainta Clauses with taunts like "Satan Claus" and "Salvation Army Maya".

Also arrested were several prostitutes dressed up as Santa's helpers that apparently were hired by the Sainta Clauses to get extra donations from many of the men at the malls. One of these female Saintas had been arrested a couple of years ago for going door to door with fake Jehovah's Witness credentials and inserting Sai Baba pamphlets inside the standard Jehovah's Witness pamphlets. Victims of the scheme became suspicious when the imposters attempted to sell packets of imported vibhuti to them.

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