According to a report, the New York Police Department has asked bar owners NOT to serve people dressed as Santa . . . specifically the Santas who attend those gatherings and bar crawls around the country called SantaCon.

Basically, the NYPD has noticed that when Santas get HAMMERED in costume, they tend to stand out.

As the head of a midtown Manhattan neighborhood association put it, quote, "What do you tell a five-year-old when they see Santa passed out on the street, vomiting or defecating in front of the house?"

There'll be SantaCons in more than 300 cities around the world this December.  There's no word if other cities are asking bars to keep the booze away from Santa. 

(Dayton Daily News)

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