WATERCOOLER: ‘My kids were left disappointed by Santa’

MOTHER-OF-THREE Kathryn Rodda left a Fraser Coast shopping centre this week feeling like her sons had been "discriminated against".

ON WEDNESDAY I was at a Fraser Coast shopping centre with my three boys, aged 6, 8 and 9 years.

They asked if they could talk to Santa, which I agreed to.

We never buy the photos, because they are really expensive and we can't afford them.

We waited patiently in line, and the boys saw other kids in front of us get a colouring book or a toy from Santa.

They stopped and talked to Santa for a few minutes and then he dug in his sack and pulled out a lolly.

My boys shook their heads, and I just told them to be grateful for what they were offered, but I asked the girls manning the area why they got a lolly when the kids in front got bigger gifts.

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I was then told that we didn't buy a photo, and only children who get a photo taken get a bigger gift.

I was disgusted to say the least!

My children are pretty good natured and easy going, but they are still kids and they saw other kids get bigger things from the same Santa they just saw, they don't understand that money gets you more.

Why should my kids get a lesser gift from Santa just because I can't afford or justify paying $14 for a single photo!?

I had to explain to my young children why they got something different, that it wasn't fair and it was in fact discrimination, which I also had to explain to them what discrimination was.

I spoke to the lady at the service desk nearby, and she didn't really seem that concerned, but took my details.

I wrote an email to the shopping centre, but have yet to hear back from them.

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I just could not believe that they would discriminate against people who can't afford or choose not to get a photo.

It's not that I care what little gift is given out, but it should be the same for every single child.

We moved here from Brisbane last year, and my boys often would talk to Santa in the big Westfield shopping centres without getting a photo, and they still got the same gift as the children who did get a photo.

It's not really in the Christmas spirit to upset kids now, and make them feel they've been treated unfairly, is it?

It's the first time it's happened to us, and I'm sure we aren't the only ones to be upset and annoyed by it.



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