An angry Santa Claus was caught venting on a traffic cop who issued him a ticket for driving his makeshift sleigh through a pedestrian zone.
Mick Worrall, 75, wore his red and white outfit as he parked his three-wheeled bicycle, which pulls the sled, in Worcester town center on Saturday.
He was there to hand out sweets and soft toys to young people and collect donations for a children’s charity – but was fined by a traffic cop.
Footage shows the manager delivering Worrall, of Worcester, with the £60 fine outside the town’s Guildhall on the High Street.
But he refused to pay the fine and told the director to “send him to the North Pole”.
Worrall has now vowed to return downtown next week to continue spreading the holiday cheer.
He said: “I won’t let the kids down. I enjoy putting smiles on kids’ faces.
“I’m a bit disappointed – but that’s not going to stop me. I’ve been doing it for years.
“I refused to take the ticket. I told the manager “mail it to me at my address”.
“He said ‘where is it?’ I said “the North Pole”.
Worrall raised thousands of pounds for charity by dressing up as Santa and this year she was collecting for New Hope Worcester Children’s Charity.
The organization works with families who have children with disabilities and complex health care needs.
Worrall says he will go to court “dressed as Santa Claus” if it goes that far, adding: “I don’t pay a dime in fines when I raise money for charity.”
The ticket was issued because Worrall was deemed to be driving in a ‘traffic-free’ area – but he insists he had ‘crawled less than 2mph’ to the parking space.
He said: “I’ve done it every year and never had any problems. Last year, a policeman even posed with me for photos.
“Maybe the traffic warden was having a bad day or was just Scrooge, but that was insignificant to say the least.”
The bizarre scenes were filmed by schoolboy Jake Fox, 12, from Ombersley, Worcester, as onlookers staged a whipping trick for Santa to cover his fine.
A spokesman for Worcester City Council said he could not comment on individual cases, but confirmed the fine was imposed for “driving in a pedestrian area”.