In December 2016, the entertainment web site Thug Life Videos published a fake news article which reported that a mall Santa in Wisconsin had beaten up a child molester:
Kid Tells Mall Santa A Secret; Seconds Later Him And His Elves Are Beating Up Child Molester
Greendale, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. As busy shoppers rush around buying Christmas gifts for their loved ones inside the giant Southridge Mall, a group of men are being arrested by mall security and local police for affray.
But this was no normal scuffle between gangs or a skirmish over the last iPads in stock before the big day. The fight involved SANTA CLAUS and his elves. Well, a mall Santa and his dwarf colleagues, at any rate. They weren’t fighting among themselves, though. They were beating the cr*p out of a CHILD MOLESTER.
66 year-old Nicholas Cooper was taken into custody for assaulting Kris Kane, 38, after an unnamed young girl confided in him. She said that she ‘wanted to tell Santa a secret’ and that ‘all she wanted was for her stepdad to stop touching her at night’.
Thug Life Videos is a web site that publishes a mixture of viral content and fake news pieces. While this particular piece of holiday fiction was not labeled as a hoax or as satire, this was not a genuine news item.
For one thing, there is no record of this incident taking place that was published anywhere but viral and hoax news web site. Furthermore, the included pictures were stolen from previous incidents (a common tactic for fake news organizations) and do not show a mall Santa named “Nicholas Cooper” as he is being arrested for beating up “Kris Kane.” The picture of “Santa” getting arrested was taken in 2013 after a protest against Black Friday in Ontario, California. The mugshot of “Kris Kane” actually shows a man who was charged with trespassing in 2012.