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Editor: Christine A. Corcos
Louisiana State Univ.

Friday, December 14, 2007

Santa Letters--Not Ho Ho Ho, But No No No

Canada Post is hot on the trail of whoever sent out some very naughty letters to good little boys and girls who mailed some letters to Santa and got back some very nasty messages. I won't print what they said; although in reading the article published in the Ottawa Citizen, you can certainly fill in the blanks. The article also discusses the reactions of the parents who read what their children received from the busy little elf or elves who sent them out, and the disbelief of Canada Post, which has shut down the local Write to Santa program while it searches for the culprit or culprits.

There was absolutely nothing Ho Ho Ho about the letters Rosalyn Da Costa's children got from Santa yesterday. In fact, they included filthy messages. They are two of 10, inappropriate letters dropped in mailboxes across Ottawa in the last two days, but there could be more....Ms. Da Costa was far more than disappointed, she was stunned....Each Santa letter Canada Post delivers contains the same main message with a hand-written personal postscript. Maya's personal "P.S." said: "This letter is too long, you dumb s---." "I went straight to Google, got the Canada Post number and called," said Ms. Da Costa. "A very nice lady at a call centre in Fredericton, New Brunswick, was shocked, and when I told her I also had a letter for Colton and was planning to let him read it when he got home, she said I should open it now just in case." Ms. Da Costa went downstairs, picked up the letter and returned to the phone. What she read had both ladies gasping. "Oh, my god! Oh, my god!," they kept repeating. The personal P.S. to Colton's letter read: "Your mom sucks d--- and your Dad is gay". This brought a Canada Post supervisor to the phone. "We were both going: 'My god, I can't believe it,' " Ms. Da Costa said. "He said: 'That's like dirt in my mouth. I can't even say it.' "

Then Ms. Da Costa called the Ottawa Citizen, which ran this story.

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