The family of a 13-month-old baby with a genetic brain and muscle disorder has received a formal apology from Bass Pro Shops, days after the family said their store Santa refused to be photographed holding their son on his lap.
This happened Friday afternoon at Bass Pro Shops in San Antonio. Megan Self said she unhooked her son Caleb from his breathing apparatus and other medical equipment, after waiting in line for a free picture with Santa Claus. Self admits Santa was willing to take a pic with Caleb, but only standing, so he could quickly hand off the child, to its parents. Caleb has been diagnosed with Mitochondrial Encephalomyopathy.
It’s another case of political correctness run amok. 13 month old Caleb Self suffers from a rare brain and muscle disorder. His mother Megan unhooked Caleb from his breathing apparatus and other medical equipment for a free picture with Santa Claus. Santa however, didn’t feel comfortable with the child in his lap, and offered a pic holding Caleb, but standing (so he could hold him better). The parents are now freaking out, claiming they’ve been scarred and insulted since they were denied a traditional Christmas pic with their child on Santa’s lap, like every other child.
Don’t they see that CALEB ISN’T LIKE EVERY OTHER CHILD? The Bass Pro Shop Santa is NOT a doctor. A limp child “unhooked” from its breathing apparatus, for a pic? The Santa was understandably concerned, and probably didn’t want to further risk the boy’s health. Bass Pro shop has put out a news release, which mentions Store Santas going through “sensitivity training,” they’re also offering the family free things and apologizing, when maybe – just maybe, they should be standing behind their employee.