Jerk crashes Christmas festival to tell kids Santa doesn’t exist

You’re a mean one, Mr. Grinch.

A sign-toting jerk left children in tears over the weekend after he stood for three hours in the middle of a kids’ Christmas festival and repeatedly screamed at the top of his lungs that Santa Claus doesn’t exist.

Revelers had packed into the annual Festival of Lights in Cape Coral, Florida, on Saturday for a night of Christmas-themed fun. But not far from where a real-life Santa was waiting to greet children, a man made it his mission to ruin everyone’s holiday spirit.

A mother captured cellphone footage of the Christmas curmudgeon, which was acquired by NBC2 News.

“I think it’s a shame,” local woman Cindy Menkes told NBC2. “Our children are faced with so many difficult things in this world that the magic of this time of year, it’s taken away from them.

“There’s no sense of decency with those kind of individuals.”

One mom told the station that some children were crying, and that she was lucky her child was too young and distracted to understand what the man was raving about.

Cape Coral police were on site, but were unable to do anything because his actions were protected by the First Amendment. The only way they could have acted was if he were using a megaphone or inciting a riot, which he was not.

NBC2 managed to track down the Grinch in question, but he declined to comment.

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