Video shows the moment Santa is bombarded with eggs as he promotes his brother’s business in Chicago
Egg-peeling assailants were caught on camera attacking Santa as he tried to spread holiday cheer in a Chicago park on Saturday.
Adam White, who has assumed the character of Santa Claus for the past four holiday seasons, waved to community members outside his brother’s house in Oak Park after spending the day in costume outside his brother’s nearby store when ‘he was ambushed by two men wearing dark clothing and ski masks.
âThey just started throwing eggs at me, and I felt like hard rocks or something – I don’t know,â White told CBS 2. âThey hit me in the face, threw it from behind, in front. ” I tried to push them away.
Despite the attack, White still plans to spread the holiday cheer in his community.
“It will encourage me to do more,” he said.
Egg-peeling assailants were caught on camera attacking Santa as he tried to spread holiday cheer in a Chicago park on Saturday
Suspects (pictured), donning dark clothes and ski masks, threw eggs at Adam White as he stood outside his brother’s house spreading holiday cheer to Oak Park residents
White was spreading news of joy outside the house on Saturday night as part of the community’s Light Up the Night event when he was attacked.
The egging only lasted a few seconds.
âIt happened so quickly,â he said, noting that he was grateful he hadn’t been injured.
White, who dresses up as Santa Claus every year to greet customers outside his brother’s local trinket store, called the police but they were unable to locate his attackers.
The holiday cheerleader suspects his attackers were Christmas-hating Grinches.
âIt’s like hateful,â White said. âSomeone must not like Christmas. They must hate Christmas. I know they’re going to be on the villain list – whoever made it.
The attack only lasted a few seconds and left a trail of broken egg on the sidewalk
White, describing the attack, said: âThey just started throwing eggs at me, and I felt like hard rocks or something – I don’t know. They hit me in the face, threw it from behind, from the front. I was trying to push them away ‘
However, the bah humbug spirit of the attackers is not enough to prevent White from fulfilling the Christmas wishes.
He’ll be held on the corner of Clinton Avenue and Roosevelt Road outside his brother’s store, Needful Things, Thursday and Friday to meet families and other vacation shoppers.
Despite the attack, White still plans to spread the holiday cheer in his community and will take up his post outside the local Needful Things store on Thursday and Friday.
Even though he has been treated badly, White still wants the children in the area to experience the magic of Christmas.
âI try to make the kids happy,â White explained. âThe children are running towards me. They kiss me.
He also claims the community rallied behind him in the wake of the attack, explaining how a local resident brought him a new hat, beard and belt after being unable to remove the eggs from his costume.
The attack on White is just one of many reported cases of wrongdoing in the crime-stricken city of Chicago.
As of December 12, overall crime was up 2% in Chicago, with police recording 44,864 incidents in 2021 compared to 44,101 documented cases at the same time last year.
Thefts increased by 20%, with police recording 12,205 cases.
Windy City is also seeing an increase in violent crime, noting that there were 767 murders, a 4% increase from 739 at the same time last year.
The attack on White is just one of many reported cases of wrongdoing in the crime-stricken city of Chicago. As of December 12, overall crime was up 2% in Chicago
Criminal sexual assault also increased from 1,553 last year to 1,982, an increase of 28%.
Robbery was the only violent crime to decline so far this year by around 1%.
Shooting incidents have also increased this year, with the Chicago Police Department reporting 3,411 so far in 2021, a 9% increase from last year.
Meanwhile, Mayor Lori Lightfoot has be criticized for the way she handled the city’s criminal crisis after publicly supporting the ‘defund the police’ movement and proposing to cut the CPD’s budget by $ 59 million, or 3.3%, and 600 vacancies of the department, in the middle of Black Lives Matter manifested throughout the summer of 2020.
She has since changed her mind amid the spike in crime and the murder of cop Ella French, and now supports increased funding for the city’s overwhelmed cops.
Chicago District Attorney Kim Foxx is also coming under scrutiny after it was revealed that she made an effort to help struggling actor Jussie Smollett cope with the staging his own assault. Officials say Foxx liaised with those close to the Empire star and tried to persuade the FBI to take over the investigation days after the attack.