A little boy who was left in tears after a ‘woke’ mall Santa cruelly refused to give him a Nerf gun for Christmas got a very special visit from a much more kind-hearted Kris Kringle – who happily hand-delivered his dream toy to his home in Illinois.
Michael DeCarlo broke hearts across the internet when his mother Sabella shared a video of him breaking down in tears when the Santa Claus at the Harlem Irving Plaza in Norridge bluntly turned down his request for a Nerf gun, telling the child he would bring ‘no guns — not even a Nerf gun’.
The December 6 clip caused furious controversy on social media — and prompted the Santa in question to resign from his job. And now the mall has attempted to make amends for the incident by sending a far jollier Father Christmas to Michael’s home, along with an enormous Nerf gun.
Surprise! A little boy who was left in tears when a ‘woke’ mall Santa refused to give him a Nerf gun for Christmas got a surprise visit from a jollier Kris Kringle, who delivered him the toy
Making amends: Michael DeCarlo was stunned to find Santa at his door – after the jolly man in red was sent to deliver him a Nerf gun by the Illinois mall where he was reduced to tears
Devastated: The little boy broke hearts across the internet after his mother Sabella shared a video of him sobbing at the Harlem Irving Plaza in Norridge
In a video shared by DeCarlo, the replacement Santa is seen arriving at the family’s front door, which Michael rushes to open after being prompted by his mother.
‘How are you?’ Santa asks the youngster, before saying: ‘So there was a mistake made yesterday, huh? Well we’re so sorry, okay?’
The jolly man in red then asks to come in, bringing a very large wrapped gift with him, which he then hands over to a delighted — and rather surprised — Michael.
‘This is big!’ the youngster exclaims while taking the present.
‘I heard about this up at the North Pole, and I rushed down here’ Santa then explains, as the little boy tears into the gift, yelling: ‘This is crazy! This is crazy this thing!’
‘It’s just a Nerf gun,’ Kris Kringle replies, as Michael opens up his Nerf Ultra Pharaoh Blaster, one of the biggest models made by the brand, which has a similar shape to a sniper rifle.
Clearly delighted with his gift, the little boy tells Santa, ‘thanks’, before proceeding to tear into the box, prompting a jolly chuckle from Mr. Claus.
The video was met with high praise on YouTube, with viewers calling Michael ‘brave’ for agreeing to chat with another Santa after his unhappy mall encounter.
‘That little boy is so brave for letting Santa in the house after what happened,’ one person wrote.
Who’s that? Michael’s mom shared another video of her son being visited by a second Santa, who apologized to the youngster for his unhappy meeting with the ‘woke’ Kris Kringle
Apology: ‘How are you?’ Santa asked the youngster, before saying: ‘So there was a mistake made yesterday, huh? Well we’re so sorry, okay?’
Ho ho ho! Santa presented Michael with a huge gift, which he happily began unwrapping, while exclaiming, ‘This is crazy!’
Dreams do come true: Inside the wrapping, Michael discovered an enormous Nerf gun
Woah! The little boy was given the Nerf Ultra Pharaoh Blaster, one of the biggest models made by the brand, which has a similar shape to a sniper rifle
‘If I was that kid I’d be terrified and too shy and embarrassed to let Santa back in. You can see he’s very quiet and focused in the toy and not on Santa and keeping his head down… he’s probably feeling a little intimidated trying to shut everything around him out so glad he got his toy it will be okay.’
Another added: ‘Great to see the boy happy again especially after what happened to him.’
The new video appears to have been filmed just one day after Michael’s mom blasted their local mall on Facebook, complaining that the man let ‘his own personal beliefs’ steal her son’s ‘Christmas magic’ when he refused the little boy’s request for a Nerf gun.
In the video, Michael sits down at a social distance from Santa, who is set up behind a Plexiglass barrier on the opposite side of a table.
Santa asks him, ‘What do you want for Christmas?’
The boy can’t says he doesn’t know, but after some more nudging from Santa, answers that he’d like a Nerf gun.
‘No, I — nope, no guns,’ Santa tells him.’
The boy’s mother jumps in to clarify that the boy is asking for a Nerf gun, but the Santa Claus continues to refuse.
‘No, not even a Nerf gun,’ he can be heard saying.
Controversy: The new video was filmed one day after a devastated Michael was told by his local mall Santa that he would deliver ‘no guns — not even a Nerf gun’
Heartache: Michael was seen breaking down in tears as the Santa questioned what other gifts he wanted
Santa continues: ‘If your dad wants to get it for you, that’s fine, but I can’t bring it to you. What else would you like? Lots of other toys. Legos. There’s bicycles. There’s cars and trucks. What do you think?’
The child bursts into tears and his mother once again intervenes to comfort her son.
‘You’ll still get one,’ she reassures him.
A Nerf Blaster is a toy gun made by Hasbro that fires foam darts, discs, or foam balls.
DeCarlo later took to Facebook to condemn the Santa for telling her child ‘no’ due to his own ‘personal beliefs’.
‘My poor baby. This was the first year Michael was excited to go see Santa. It was supposed to be magical but instead I had to watch my sweet little boy fight back tears because Santa told him No because of his own personal beliefs,’ she wrote.
‘I had to think fast and explain to him that this Santa was just a helper and not the real guy.
‘I just wanted to console my baby and get him out of there, flipping out on Santa would have only made it worse. His Elfie is going to bring him a Nerf gun directly from the North Pole, from the real Santa, tonight.’
In a follow-up post, she added that ‘some of Michael’s Christmas magic was stolen from him today.’
Harlem Irving Plaza later released a statement saying that this particular mall Santa no longer works there.
Fury: Michael’s mom blasted the local mall on Facebook, complaining that the man let ‘his own personal beliefs’ steal her son’s ‘Christmas magic’
End of the line: The Santa resigned after the incident, with the mall revealing, ‘Santa is heartbroken… that he has made this child so sad and upset, and turned in his resignation’
‘The HIP and our third-party Santa company are distraught and deeply apologetic about the unfortunate incident which occurred at Santa set on December 6, as both parties strive for families and their children to have a happy holiday experience,’ the statement said
‘Santa is heartbroken and crushed that he has made this child so sad and upset, and turned in his resignation.
‘The Santa company will continue to remind all Santa’s how important it is to not impose personal opinions during visits with the children.
‘HIP immediately contacted the family and worked with our Santa company in hopes of rectifying the situation.
‘We are happy to report that the ‘real’ Santa visited the boy at his home today to bring him a nerf gun! We hope we restored Christmas magic to this boy and his family with Santa’s special visit.’
DeCarlo said she appreciated the mall’s ‘quick response and kindness’.
Meanwhile, social media commenters are joining into blast the mall Santa.
Social media commenters are joining into blast the mall Santa for refusing the boy
‘A Santa who scolds a child for requesting a Nerf gun is a Santa who deserves a firm a**-kicking from dad,’ wrote one.
‘Props to mom. I would have snatched his beard off,’ tweeted another.
‘This is hohohorrible!! How dare Santa jump on the no gun bandwagon,’ complained one more.
Several have decried the mall Santa for pushing ‘liberal,’ ‘woke,’ and ‘politically correct’ ideals, with one writing: ‘#WokeSanta needs coal in their stockings making that boy cry. Thankfully, a real Santa made the situation right.’
Others who identify as liberal say that this isn’t representative of liberal values — and they, too, are unimpressed with Santa’s behavior.
‘I’m very liberal and my kid has a solid stockpile of nerf guns and ammo. This Santa approached this completely wrong. And has no business being a Santa with his garbage,’ wrote a Facebook commenter.