SYDNEY (AFP) - Santas in Australia's largest city have been told not to use Father Christmas's traditional "ho ho ho" greeting because it may be offensive to women, it was reported Thursday.
Sydney's Santa Clauses have instead been instructed to say "ha ha ha" instead, the Daily Telegraph reported.
One disgruntled Santa told the newspaper a recruitment firm warned him not to use "ho ho ho" because it could frighten children and was too close to "ho", a US slang term for prostitute.
I hesitate to call this being politically correct. I don't really know what to call it. The modern day Santa Claus needs to be abolished. I guess making him say "ha ha ha" is really no different than "ho ho ho." What makes me wonder is why this issue has come up in 2007 and not before?