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40 Drunken Santas Caused Merry Hell In New Zealand

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posted on Dec, 19 2005 @ 02:18 AM
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A "Santarchy" in New Zealand went a bit too far. A group of 40 drunken men dressed in "ill-fitting Santa costumes" went on a rampage, robbed stores, vandalized and attacked security guards.


Photo: Trond Hansen


New Zealand Herald: Santas fight and steal in the streets


A gang of drunken "Santas" caused merry hell across central Auckland yesterday, robbing stores, tagging buildings and assaulting security guards.

The group of 40 men - mostly in their mid-20s and dressed in ill-fitting Santa costumes - began their "Santarchy" shortly after 2pm. First stop was the Victoria St motorway overbridge where they smashed beer bottles and urinated. They moved through Victoria Park kicking over rubbish bins, throwing bottles at cars and leaping in front of vehicles. One also tagged the Victoria St NZ Post building. Then they headed to the Sky City Casino where several vandalised the giant Christmas tree in the foyer. Some made their way to the Victoria St Star Mart where they took several items from the shelves. Then it was through Queen St, High St and down to Britomart where security guards said they were yelling, swearing and "causing mayhem".

Though he did not want to play down the seriousness of their actions, it was "fairly average behaviour" from "an organised group of idiots" who had had too much to drink. Police had received no warning about the event, despite press reports earlier in the week. Changa Manakynda of the Princes Wharf Star Mart said the ordeal had been very distressing. "They came in, said 'Merry Christmas' and then helped themselves."

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A protest or not, there is no excuse for such behaviour. This is yet another example why alcohol is bad. "An organised group of idiots", that was a good description...

[edit on 2006/4/23 by Hellmutt]




posted on Dec, 19 2005 @ 03:53 AM
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Oh dear, sounds like they had too many Chirstmas Spirits. :w:

Apart from the mental anguish of seeing drunken Santa urinating, and having Saint Nick nick all your goods, it doesn't sound like people got hurt.....so we can still laugh. Ha ha, drunken Santas

I wonder what would have happened if it had been 40 stoned Santas instead......A lot of "ho ho ho"s and Mince Pies I'd imagine



posted on Dec, 19 2005 @ 02:18 PM
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Originally posted by chebob

I wonder what would have happened if it had been 40 stoned Santas instead......A lot of "ho ho ho"s and Mince Pies I'd imagine

An unorganised group of Santas who had too much to smoke...



No threat...



posted on Dec, 19 2005 @ 06:31 PM
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Santarchy, he said, was a worldwide phenomenon designed to dismantle the commercialisation of Christmas. Senior Sergeant Matt Rogers said the men were more like clowns than Santas.


Is this kind of behavior supposed to restore the sanctity of Christmas? I don't get it. If people want to engage in drunken, wanton behavior in costume, call it what you want, but don't try to dress it up with the trappings of a noble cause.



posted on Dec, 19 2005 @ 06:55 PM
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A protest or not, there is no excuse for such behaviour. This is yet another example why alcohol is bad. "An organised group of idiots", that was a good description...


This is the perfect example of why alcohol is so bad in the wrong hands.



[edit on 19-12-2005 by chissler]



posted on Dec, 22 2005 @ 06:34 AM
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Aljazeera.Net



Alex Dyer, a spokesman for the group of Santas, said Santarchy is a worldwide movement designed to protest against the commercialisation of Christmas.

Santarchy records protests going back 10 years in the US, with participants marking Christmas in anti-commercial ways involving street theatre, pranks and public drunkenness.


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Did you Guys know about this Santarchy Movement?

They were responsible for the ZombieClaus 2005.

Now, thats some Wicked SantaS!

[edit on 22/12/05 by Souljah]



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