Edward Leo, who runs Combat-UK in Broadwater Crescent, Stevenage, dressed up a spare female mannequin with a red and white trimmed suit, black sunglasses and replica gun and placed it in the window several weeks ago.
Mr Leo said: “At no time have we had a member of the public or customers raising any concerns regarding our Santa.
“At Combat-UK we embrace Christmas and Santa in his many forms.”
Well, we can't let that
stand, can we? Surely the local paper can dig up some prune-faced old biddy to purse her lips disapprovingly?
Rita Brian of Bragbury End told the Comet she did not find the joke funny.
The 65-year-old said: “The shop has always grated on me, but this Santa in the window is totally inappropriate. I know there is a school nearby and children have to walk past the shop every day.
“I have no problem with army surplus goods, it is just the weapons.”
Bah humbug, Rita!
Imagine mannequin seated on a bicycle in said display, JuliaM. At some risk of elevating your stress levels, it could offset that remarkable capacity to misunderstand disapproval.
With the right amount of dermal melanin it could all be very PC.
Well, the Dutch do seem to want to offload Zwart Piet... ;)
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