Santa's union troubles beset even a planned K.C. meeting

Hundreds of amply proportioned men ho-ho-hoing in their red suits and flowing white beards usually bring smiles all around.

But the jolly gents aren’t smiling these days.

Infighting, resignations and now a formal complaint to law enforcement authorities have splintered the Amalgamated Order of Real Bearded Santas. At this point, it’s hard to tell who is the heavy in this brouhaha among international rent-a-Santa professionals. But they've canceled one planned convention for this summer in a Kansas City suburb and a venue in downtown Kansas City says the group hasn't made arrangements to meet there.

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