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Wednesday, December 20, 2017
Boozing, Brawling, Urinating Santa Invasion
"I'll never forget explaining to my crying child, 'That wasn't Santa throwing up.'"
HOBOKEN, NJ — It reads almost like a trailer for a surreal Christmas movie. One night. 17 arrests. And reports of hundreds of Santa Claus lookalikes fighting, boozing and urinating all over the city.
That was the scene that has many locals up in arms about the annual, unsanctioned pub crawl known as "SantaCon," which brought its unique style of holiday mayhem to the Mile Square City on Saturday. The event – which has been taking place in the city for several years to the growing dismay of many residents – saw more than triple the amount of arrests as it did last year.
In the words of one parent: "I'll never forget explaining to my crying child, 'That wasn't Santa throwing up.'"
According to the Hoboken Police Department, officers responded to 289 calls for service during a 16-hour period from noon to 4 a.m. And although there were "no serious injuries to police, victims or suspects," the day's final tally included:
51 city ordinance summonses
32 motor vehicle summonses
55 people transported to the hospital
1 report of criminal sexual contact (no arrest)
More than two dozen Alcohol Beverage Control complaints
Some of the tickets came after the boozed-up Santa Clauses were spotted relieving themselves in public. Some were issued for public intoxication and other disorderly persons offenses. And then there were the assaults, including several against officers.