It's like the razors-in-the-apples Halloween urban legend: one bad kid-hating apple ruins it for everyone. People used to visit the post office and cheerfully respond to letters addressed to "Santa, North Pole." No more.
The United States Postal Service abruptly shut down public participation in all the Operation Santa programs — in New York and other major cities across the country — at 1 p.m. Wednesday, without offering post offices or letter-seeking citizens any understanding of why.
It's because a registered sex offender took a letter, and God knows what he would have written or sent as a "gift." To be sure, you could argue that he's rehabilitated, but it looks suspiciously like returning to the scene of the crime to us. Thanks for ruining Christmas for countless letter-writing needy kids!
(It'll re-open the program in New York, at least, on Saturday.)