CAN YOU GUESS
WHAT IT IS? THAT’S RIGHT.
HIS SANTA CLAUS BODY. JAMES BAILEY HAS BEEN
A PROFESSIONAL SANTA FOR OVER 20 YEARS. AND IF YOU LOOKED LIKE HIM,
YOU’D BE ONE TOO. – I AM 6’4″,
AND I DO WEIGH 350 POUNDS. – HOLY [bleep].
– YEAH, HOLY [bleep]. – YEAH. – I MEAN, MY DOCTORS WOULD
LIKE ME TO LOSE SOME WEIGHT. – SO IT’S THE TRADE-OFF
BETWEEN LIVING LONGER OR DYING AND GETTING
TO BE SANTA. IT’S LIKE, WHAT’S BETTER?
IT’S HARD TO SAY. – WELL,
IT’S VERY HARD TO SAY. – BUT FOR SOMEONE SO COMMITTED
TO BRINGING US JOY, IT’S A SHAME THAT,
FOR MOST OF THE YEAR, JAMES IS COMPLETELY
OUT OF WORK. – IN THE SUMMERTIME, SANTA CLAUS
BECOMES A HOMELESS PERSON. – BUT I WOULDN’T BE HERE
IF I DIDN’T HAVE A SOLUTION. SO YOU KNOW
HOW THE BEST TIME TO BUY A WINTER COAT
IS IN THE SUMMER? ‘CAUSE THAT’S
WHEN ALL THE SALES ARE. – YES. – SO WHAT I’M THINKING
IS THAT SAME APPROACH… WITH SANTA. – I’M NOT SEEING
HOW THAT APPLIES TO SANTA CLAUS. – EVERY CHRISTMAS,
PEOPLE LINE UP IN MALLS TO GET THEIR PICTURES TAKEN
WITH SANTA. BUT WHAT IF YOU COULD DO IT
WHEN IT’S LESS CROWDED AND AT HALF THE COST? THE PLAN: DISCOUNT PHOTOS WITH SANTA
IN THE SUMMER. – YEAH,
THAT’S A GREAT IDEA. – I CAN SEE THE DOLLAR SIGNS
IN YOUR EYES. – [laughing]
– YEAH. – RIGHT. – FOR THIS TO WORK, WE NEEDED TO GET
A SHOPPING MALL ONBOARD, AND MALL MANAGER
SWEENEY MONTINOLA AT THE SOUTHBAY PAVILION
IN CARSON, CALIFORNIA, WAS HAPPY TO LET US
TRY OUT OUR CONCEPT. – I THINK SANTA IN THE SUMMER
IS A FUN AND UNIQUE IDEA, AND IT WILL BE GREAT
FOR SOUTHBAY PAVILION. – WITH A MALL ONBOARD,
IT WAS NOW TIME TO BUY THE SUPPLIES
FOR OUR CHRISTMAS VILLAGE. WHICH STUFF DO YOU RENT FOR
THE MOST, WHICH HOLIDAY? – CHRISTMAS.
– CHRISTMAS? – YES.
– OKAY. YOU REALLY SHOVED THIS AWAY
IN A CORNER, HUH? – YEP.
[laughing] – NO ONE LIKES THIS?
– YES. – BUT AFTER RENTING OUR PROPS,
SOMETHING BAD HAPPENED. THE MALL’S POLICY
REQUIRES A BACKGROUND CHECK ON ALL EMPLOYEES. BUT WHEN WE HAD ONE RUN
ON JAMES, SOMETHING ACTUALLY TURNED UP. SO I PAID HIM A VISIT
TO SEE WHAT THE STORY WAS. YOU HAVE
A CRIMINAL RECORD? – WELL, YEAH. THE ONLY–
IT WAS A MISDEMEANOR, REALLY, FROM A DUI
MANY YEARS AGO. – OKAY. I COULDN’T BELIEVE
WHAT I WAS HEARING, BUT THEN AGAIN,
FROM THE FIRST DAY I MET JAMES, I COULD TELL HE WAS DIFFERENT
FROM OTHER SANTAS. – THIS IS A SMITH & WESSON
.500 MAGNUM. THIS IS A .45 CALIBER
SEMI-AUTOMATIC. .22 RIFLE. THE AK-47.
THIS IS A .300. LITTLE SHOTGUN
IN CASE YOU’RE INTO SHOTGUNS. THIS IS A .357 MAGNUM,
AND THAT ONE IS LOADED. – OKAY, WE CAN’T TAKE OUT
A LOADED GUN. AND THERE HASN’T BEEN ANY OTHER CRIMES
THAT I SHOULD KNOW ABOUT. – NO,
THERE’S NOTHING THERE. – EVEN THOUGH JAMES
HAD A CRIMINAL RECORD AND A CLOSET FULL
OF GUNS, I COULD STILL TELL
HE WAS A GOOD GUY. BUT WHEN I WENT BACK
TO SOUTHBAY PAVILION, THEY DIDN’T SEE IT
THAT WAY. – I WOULDN’T ALLOW ANYONE
THAT HAS ANY KIND OF BACKGROUND TO BE THAT CLOSE TO KIDS. – I MEAN,
HE’S A REALLY GOOD GUY. I THINK
YOU’D REALLY LIKE HIM. – NO AND NO. – OKAY.
– DEFINITELY NO. – I DIDN’T KNOW
HOW TO TELL JAMES THAT THE MALL
DIDN’T WANT HIM, BUT I PAID HIM A VISIT
TO BREAK THE NEWS. – IT’S ALSO IMPORTANT
IF WE COULD HAVE IT SET UP SO THAT WE COULD PRINT
THE PHOTOS RIGHT THERE. – RIGHT. – YOU KNOW,
SO WE DO THE DIGITAL. WE GET THE PICTURES TAKEN.
– SURE, SURE. – SO THAT MIGHT HELP
DRAW MORE PEOPLE IN. – RIGHT, SO I SPOKE TO THE DIRECTOR OF MARKETING
AT THE MALL. – OKAY. – AND…UH… – THEY’RE OKAY
WITH US DOING IT? YEAH?
GREAT. SO WE’RE GONNA
MAKE THIS HAPPEN THEN. THAT’S OUTSTANDING.
[laughter] – YEAH.
– GOOD. – YEAH.
– I JUST GOTTA SAY THANK YOU. REALLY.
I THINK THIS IS AWESOME. – JAMES SEEMED SO EXCITED, AND I JUST DIDN’T
HAVE THE HEART TO TELL HIM THAT HE
WASN’T WANTED BY THE MALL. SO MY ONLY GOAL
WAS TO MAKE IT HAPPEN. MY HOPE WAS THAT,
IF WE GOT IN THERE EARLY, WE COULD DO ABOUT 1/2 HOUR’S
WORTH OF PHOTOS WITH JAMES BEFORE ANYONE REALIZED
WE WEREN’T SUPPOSED TO BE THERE. SO ON THE MORNING
OF AUGUST 2ND, WE QUIETLY PULLED OUR TRUCK UP
BEHIND THE JCPENNEY. AND BEFORE UNLOADING
THE VILLAGE, I HAD A QUICK WORD
WITH JAMES. JUST SO YOU KNOW,
IF I EVER SAY “ABORT,” WE SHOULD JUST WALK
TO THE EXIT IF YOU CAN. – ABORT.
– YEAH. – UM… OKAY. – OKAY.
THAT’S IT. ALL RIGHT,
QUICKER, GUYS. WE’RE GONNA BE DOING
A SANTA DISPLAY SOON. MAYBE OVER HERE. MAYBE, LIKE,
THE BACKGROUND IS HERE. DO YOU WANT YOUR PICTURE TAKEN
WITH SANTA? COME. – HI, THERE.
– HEY, YEAH! – WHAT’S YOUR NAME?
– HERE, COME HERE, LITTLE ONE. YES.
YOU KNOW HOW TO DO IT. YEAH. BIG SMILE.
LOOK AT THE CAMERA. – THE MALL MANAGER.
WHAT’S HER NAME AGAIN? I’M, UH, NAT–
I’M JUST AN ELF. WAIT.
UM– WOULD YOU LIKE
YOUR PHOTO TAKEN WITH SANTA? $5 ONLY. IT’S DISCOUNTED PRICES
‘CAUSE IT’S EARLIER IN THE YEAR. – EXCUSE ME.
– OKAY, COME. OKAY. LET’S GO.
COME ON. – THIS WAY. [radio chatter] EXCUSE ME. HEY, CAN YOU STAY AWAY
FROM THE CAMERAS, PLEASE? YOU CAN’T GO IN FRONT OF–
PLEASE. CAN YOU STAY AWAY
FROM OUR CAMERA PERSON? OKAY, WE’RE GOING.
– THAT’S NICE. – WE ARE LEAVING. – NATHAN, YOU WANT ME
TO STOP HIM? I SAID, DOES HE WANT ME
TO STOP YOU? YEAH. [cackling] YOU’VE NEVER MESSED
WITH SANTA CLAUS, HAVE YOU? – ALL RIGHT, OKAY.
– JUST COOL IT, DUDE. – NO, IT’S OKAY.
JAMES. I’M OUT OF THE DOOR.
STOP IT. – OH, MY GOODNESS.
– JAMES, COME WITH ME.[We Wish You a Merry Christmas
playing] ♪ ♪ OKAY, I KNOW–WE’RE BOTH
TRYING TO DO OUR JOBS. OKAY, DON’T SWEAR.
THERE’S KIDS AROUND. DO NOT SWEAR.
– NOW! – THERE’S KIDS AROUND. YOU CAN’T SWEAR
WHEN THERE’S CHILDREN AROUND. YES, I’M WALKING. WE’RE BOTH TRYING TO DO
OUR JOBS, OKAY? SO YOU CAN’T THINK YOUR JOB’S
MORE IMPORTANT THAN MINE. – WELL– – WATCH OUT. – STAY BACK, PLEASE. YOU CAN’T SAY THE “F” WORD
AROUND KIDS. – WHAT JUST HAPPENED? – OKAY, UM… [sighs] WHEN I TALKED
TO THE MALL MANAGER AND I TOLD HER
ABOUT THE CRIMINAL RECORD THING, SHE DIDN’T WANNA HAVE US. – [sighs]
– SO WE WEREN’T ALLOWED… TO BE IN THERE.
– THAT CAME UP? – BUT I DIDN’T WANNA TELL YOU
BECAUSE I THOUGHT YOU’D BE SAD. – [grunts] – SO I WANTED
TO GO THROUGH WITH IT. I MEAN, I–I HONESTLY FELT LIKE
IT’S A HUMAN RIGHTS ISSUE. YOU HAVE TO BE ABLE
TO BE ABLE TO DO THIS WHEN YOU DID SOMETHING
SO SMALL IN THE PAST. – THAT GUY ALMOST WANTED
TO FIGHT. – BUT JUST WHAT YOU DID,
STEPPING UP TO HIM, JUST AGAIN PROVES,
LIKE, MY POINT OF HOW GREAT
OF A GUY YOU ARE. – [laughing]
OH. – AND JUST HOW MUCH
YOU DESERVE TO BE DOING THIS. – WELL, YEAH,
THIS IS GREAT. THE LITTLE KIDS ARE ENJOYING IT.
THAT WAS FUN. – THE MAIN POINT IS
WE MADE A STANCE. – OKAY.
– AND WE DID WHAT WAS RIGHT. – ALL RIGHT. – YOU UNDERSTAND? – YEAH,
I’M WITH YOU THERE. – MERRY CHRISTMAS, BRO.
– OKAY, GUY. [laughing] ALL RIGHT.
– OKAY. – ♪ NOEL, NOEL ♪