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9-year-old says he was fat-shamed by Santa

Posted: 10:40 AM, Dec 07, 2016
Updated: 2016-12-07 10:54:58-05

FOREST CITY, N.C. — A North Carolina mother says the local Santa Claus made her 9-year-old son cry, telling the child he needed to lay off hamburgers and fries, according to WLOS .

It all happened on Saturday when the family went to visit Santa in Forest City. Anthony Mayse, 9, asked for an iPod Touch and a drone for Christmas when he was allegedly fat-shamed.

"When he got done, he said, 'Lay off the hamburgers and french fries,'" Mayse told WLOS. "And that really just disrespected me, and I felt awful."

"It affected me so bad that I was crying until I went to bed that night," Anthony said. "And I want to say to him, 'You don't want to disrespect a 9-year-old. Even though what shape and size you are, it doesn't matter."

According to WLOS, Santa later apologized to the family.