Inflatable Black Santa Knifed and Deflated Just Hours After Being Put Up; Neighbors Plan to Put Up Their Own Black Santas in Solidarity

Vandals slashed an inflatable black Santa Claus in a Bethany, Oregon, family’s yard, but neighbors say they’ll put up their own black Santas in solidarity with the family. (FACEBOOK)
Vandals slashed an inflatable black Santa Claus in a Bethany, Oregon, family’s yard, but neighbors say they’ll put up their own black Santas in solidarity with the family. (FACEBOOK)

Vandals who knifed an inflatable black Santa Claus in an Oregon front yard are in for a surprise — neighbors plan to buy and inflate their own black Santas in solidarity with the family, reported KOIN.

“It’s exactly the opposite result I think they were looking for,” said Fritz Richard, who plans to replace his own slashed Santa. “There will be hopefully a lot of black Santas around this neighborhood.”

Richard discovered the inflatable decoration had been slashed open and deflated Thursday morning at his Bethany, Oregon, home, where he’s resided for 20 years, reported KOIN.

It had only been up for a few hours after being purchased on Amazon, reported KATU. The family already has several indoor black Santa decorations.

“Looks like someone had a problem with our black Santa,” Richard wrote on Facebook with a photo of the deflated decoration. “I found him this morning, someone took a knife to him.”

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SOURCE: DON SWEENEY
The Sacramento Bee