Mum Left Reeling After Santa At Grotto Promised Her Son A Toy Costing £400!

December 19, 2016 | by | 0 Comments
Linda Belnik, 35, with her son Joshua, 7, at home in Mytchett, Surrey, Santa promised Joshua a £400 Star Wars toy

Linda Belnik, 35, with her son Joshua, 7, at home in Mytchett, Surrey, Santa promised Joshua a £400 Star Wars toy

A mum who took her seven-year-old son to a grotto says she was left reeling when Santa promised he would get a toy costing £400.

Linda Belnik, 35, and Joshua, seven, say the shopping centre Santa ­gleefully talked about getting him a Star Wars Death Star Lego set.

They claim Santa said: “See this white phone? I will call the elves now and get them to make it for you.”

While the youngster was full of ho-ho-ho, Linda came over all woe, woe, woe. And as a row unfolded, shopping centre bosses hit back, saying “no, no, no – our Santa would never do that”!

Linda said: “I was stood there cringing. I couldn’t believe he’d promised such an expensive toy. Santas usually tell kids they’ll see what they can do, not promise anything.

“It doesn’t matter if he wants a teddy bear, or a pony, he can’t promise something to a kid. As a parent, I had made the decision he would not be getting the set as it costs so much. It’s put me in a really awkward position.”

Linda Belnik, 35, with her children Jasper, 5, Jasmine, 5, and Joshua, 7, at home in Mytchett, Surrey

Linda Belnik, 35, with her children Jasper, 5, Jasmine, 5, and Joshua, 7, at home in Mytchett, Surrey

Linda did not cause a scene as she had Joshua and five-year-old twins Jasmine and Jasper with her and did not want to ruin their image of Christmas .

“I couldn’t ask to see Santa’s manager in front of my children,” she added.

Joshua is now confused, with mum saying he’s not getting the prezzie – while believing Santa said he is.

Linda added: “Santa has no idea what anyone’s financial ­situation is. It is wrong he’s ­promising toys. It sets kids up for disappointment if parents can’t afford it.

“I had already told Joshua he is not getting the present, so that’s why it’s even more upsetting as he now truly believes he is. He’s walking around saying Santa said he will get the toy.”

Santa with the Besnik children Jasper Belnik, 5, Jasmine, 5, and Joshua(R), 7 at Westfield shopping centre

Santa with the Besnik children Jasper Belnik, 5, Jasmine, 5, and Joshua(R), 7 at Westfield shopping centre

Linda complained to Westfield shopping centre in White City, West London, after getting home.

As a gesture of goodwill, Westfield offered a free ice-skating package for the family.

But Linda, a building company director from Camberley, Surrey, said: “It doesn’t help explain to my son why he’s not got his present on Christmas Day.”

Westfield said: “All grotto staff are trained and follow script guidelines which, under no circumstances, include the promise of specific gifts.

“The Santa has over 20 years’ ­experience and has not promised specific gifts to the child.

“Westfield is committed to providing the best experience for children and families.”

Linda last night stood by her and her son’s version, saying: “That’s what he said, end of.”

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