Questions in most job applications tend to carefully avoid violating employment laws and social mores.
But when it comes to selecting mall Santas, the rules apparently are different.
That's one question in an online information form for people interested in contract Santa gigs with the Iconic Group, an Atlanta-based company that handles Santa/photo operations in malls around the nation.
Picking Santas is like casting actors to fit a part, according to the company. Many malls, for example, require that their Santas have real beards.
Among the other questions on Iconic’s form:
"Do you have your own Santa Suit? Yes/No"
"Would a Mrs. Claus be accompanying your role as Santa? If so, please describe."
Mall Santas tend to work long hours and are expected to delight lots of tired kids. In return, pay can be jolly. Mall Santas can make $10,000 to $60,000 over a five- or six-week season, according to Denise Conroy, Iconic's CEO.
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