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Corte Inglés fires sales assistant for revealing Santa’s true identity

A sales assistant has lost her job at the Spanish department store after a complaint that she deliberately revealed the big Christmas secret to a seven-year-old girl.

Corte Inglés fires sales assistant for revealing Santa’s true identity
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According to an employment tribunal in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, a mother and father were browsing in the jewellery department of the Corte Ingles with their seven-year-old daughter when the mother spied the perfect Santa gift for her husband.

She surrepticously asked the shop assistant to put the gentleman’s watch to one side so she could buy it later but the worker approached the little girl and told her to “take your father to the perfume department so your mother can buy him a watch for Christmas”.

According to the court’s sentence, the child apparently immediately told her father, therefore ruining the surprise.

But more importantly she apparently expressed confusion and dismay to learn that it was her mother buying Christmas gifts that were supposed to be brought in Santa’s sack.

The incident, which took place in December 2015, led to a complaint to the manager over the assistant’s “disrespectful and malicious attitude”, and brought about her dismissal.

She had previously had several warnings about “her attitude” including over an incident when she chastised a family shopping for gifts on Christmas Eve telling them not to buy gifts on Christmas Eve with the “reminder” that in Spain, it is the Kings and not Santa Claus who brings the presents.

READ MORE: Why Spain loves the Three Kings more than Santa

The woman, who had been employed at the Corte Ingles since 2005, had been given official warnings on numerous previous occasions for showing a lack of respect towards colleagues, bosses and customers, according to the employment court sentence.

But it was her ‘Bah Humbug’ attitude at Christmas that finally led to her dismissal.

SHOPPING

Spain to ban plastic packaging for food and vegetables from 2023

A ban on the sale of fruit and vegetables in plastic wrapping in supermarkets will come into effect in 2023, as part of a decree drafted by Spain's Ministry for Ecological Transition.

Spain to ban plastic packaging for food and vegetables from 2023
A ban on the sale of fruit and vegetables in plastic wrapping in supermarkets will come into effect in 2023. Photo by CESAR MANSO / AFP

It also includes measures to encourage shoppers to buy loose fruit and vegetables and curb the sale of plastic bottles.

The ban on plastic wrapping for fruit and vegetables will apply to produce weighing under 1.5 kilograms. Meanwhile those “at risk of deteriorating when sold loose” will not be affected, according to Spanish newspaper El País.

The decree aims to incorporate European Union rules into Spain’s legislation, and follows similar legislation in France that will go into effect next year.

READ ALSO: This couple turned a desire for a zero-waste household into a thriving Madrid business

The goal is to “fight the overuse of packaging in the most effective way,” a ministry spokesperson told El País, adding that plastic pollution has “exceeded all limits.”

It will also aim to make 100% of packaging recyclable by 2030, as well as cut the sale of plastic bottles by half.

Rules forcing authorities to “encourage the installation of drinking fountains in public spaces”, “introduce alternatives to the sale of bottled drinks” and reduce “the distribution of single-use drinking cups” at public events, are also being contemplated.

Representatives of green groups welcomed the ban but added that the Spanish government is not moving fast enough to put a stop to plastic pollution.

“We drink plastic, we eat plastic and we breathe plastic,” Julio Barea of Greenpeace, told El País.

According to the Ministry of Ecological Transition, Spain generations 1.6 million tonnes of waste from plastic packaging every year, and recycles less than half. Two thirds of what goes to landfill is not recycled.

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