“I’m Santa! HO HO hold your fire!”

December 18, 2007

And away they all flew, like the down of a thistle,
But Santa got off a few shots with his pistol?

In the violent slums of Rio de Janeiro, most of the time helicopters only bring one thing: police. So, when a chopper flew over the Vila Joao neighborhood on Sunday, trying to deliver Santa Claus to a children’s party, local drug traffickers gave it their traditional welcome – they opened fire on it.

You can’t shoot Santa, of course, and the helicopter took two rounds in the fuselage and returned to base. But I think I know some drug goons who should expect nothing but coal this Christmas morning. Here is the story, and if you want more tales from the darker side of Christmas, visit Too jolly, Miss Molly! A pinnacle of cynical!

But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight,
“I’ll be back with grenades, if you thugs want a fight!”

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Watch out, Santa! A man dressed as Santa hangs from a cable car while ascending Sugarloaf mountain in Rio, in a 2004 file photo. REUTERS/Bruno Domingos

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How do you miss a big fat guy in a red suit? Those drug traffickers should be ashamed of their shooting skills.

Posted by K | Report as abusive

~ Jingle bells,
Brazil is hell,
Santa’s full of holes!

The reindeer fled,
And took his sled,
He shouldn’t give druggies coal! ~

Posted by K | Report as abusive

ho ho ho bitchz hahaha santa must die!!!!!!!!!!!!!! lol j/k

Posted by g~money | Report as abusive

Oh, the weather in Rio’s delightful,
But the gunfire’s oh so frightful,
But as long as the thugs don’t show,
Ho ho ho, ho ho ho, ho ho ho.

Posted by Charlene | Report as abusive

Those Blackwater guys think of everything.

Posted by John C Abell | Report as abusive

Fifty seven channels and, hey! There IS something on cable.

Posted by Shawn Hendricks | Report as abusive

Dear Sanda Claus,

Next time you plan to ride a cable car, try and avoid giving coal to the operator the previous Christmas.

Number one on your Good list,
Shawn

Posted by Shawn Hendricks | Report as abusive

Santa obviously has trouble delivering presents to the children who live in cable cars!!

Posted by Hunter | Report as abusive

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