Has Santa Claus Been A Bad Boy? Don’t Forget the Background Check

Nick Fishman

Tis the season to be jolly. . . and vigilant.  As we break out the holiday decorations, rush for the latest Black Friday sale and pray for a white Christmas (as long as that white Christmas doesn’t delay our flight to Florida or Mexico), we need to remember that the holiday season can also be fraught with peril.

Every year malls, retailers, charities and other corporations hire Santa Clauses to spend time and take pictures children and the occasional adult.  Unfortunately, that jolly rotund man in the red costume and beard may not be the saint he portends to be.  Just check out some of these headlines.

North Pole Santa Project Axed After Sex Offender Scare

Pervy NJ Santa Gets 20 Years

The Sex Offender Who Stole Christmas

Drunk Santa Claus Ask Kids, Where’s My Reindeer?

All kidding aside, it is vitally important to conduct a background check on anyone who comes into contact with children, even if they happen to be Santa Claus or his elves.  We recommend conducting a criminal background check in all counties where Santa has lived (including the North Pole) and a Sex Offender Registry at a minimum.  For added protection, consider including a National Criminal Record Database search and a drug test.

And if he’s driving his sleigh, don’t forget an driver’s record search (sorry, I couldn’t resist).

On a less serious note, since it is the first night of Hanukah, I thought it would be appropriate to post Adam Sandler’s famous Hanukah song.  This pushes the bounds of professionalism, but lighten up.  It’s the holidays!  Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas and Happy Kwanza to all!

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Nick Fishman is the co-founder of EmployeeScreenIQ, a leading, global employment background screening provider, and serves as the company’s executive vice president and chief marketing officer. He pioneered the creation of EmployeeScreen University, the #1 educational resource on employment background checks for human resources, security and risk management professionals. A recognized industry expert, Nick is a frequent author, presenter and contributor to the news media. Nick is also a licensed private investigator in the states of Ohio and Texas.
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