Santa gets pulled over, and photo goes viral

Readers have a good laugh at the sight of St. Nick confronted by a cop

Santa gets pulled over in Merida. Photos: Facebook / Sipse

Merida, Yucatan — A newspaper photographer captured the moment a motorcycle-riding Santa was pulled over by a policeman.

The officer stopped Santa because he wasn’t wearing a helmet, according to the photographer, Julián Núñez.

After appearing on the Novedades Yucatan Facebook page, the image was shared nearly 2,000 times in less than a day. Among the comments was one calling the policeman a “grinch,” which apparently means the same thing in Spanish and English.

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Shared on the Yucatan Times Facebook page, the post got more than 200 more replies, with one reader imploring St. Nick to be safe. Another replied, #santalivesmatter.

But mainly, the photo drew laughs and jokes. Others posted photos of the roaming Santa taken before the “tragedia.”

One commenter wondered why someone who can safely fly a sleigh propelled by reindeer would need a helmet to navigate a simple motorcycle through the Centro.

Novedades Yucatan is the reformatted Sipse newspaper, which until three weeks ago was known as Milenio Novedades.

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