Cidu Bill on Dec 23rd 2014


Mr. Coverly apparently isn’t clear on the concept: photos with Santa are big moneymakers for malls, so they’d never encourage selfies.

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11 Responses to “Selfie”

  1. Mona Dec 23rd 2014 at 01:10 am 1

    Unless they charge an admission/access fee.
    Or if there is no fee, perhaps that will draw customers to shop at their mall instead of one that charges for pics with Santa.

  2. Dave in Boston Dec 23rd 2014 at 01:53 am 2

    If you don’t need a photographer, you can charge a lot less than the other mall and still make a tidy profit.

  3. MinorAnnoyance Dec 23rd 2014 at 02:04 am 3

    Long before selfies, I noticed signs around mall Santas that forbade your own cameras. Cartoonist is taking a liberty here to comment on kids with smartphones and the selfies phenomenon.

  4. Jerry Dec 23rd 2014 at 06:30 am 4

    I think MinorAnnoyance has it, he’s going for irony.

  5. James Pollock Dec 23rd 2014 at 10:09 am 5

    Malls have photos with Santa to draw parents with small children to the mall. A photographer makes a bunch of money actually operating the business.

    Malls DO make money on the deal (they rent the space to the photographer) but it’s only a month’s rent… not a big moneymaker. The real reason is to draw in families.

  6. Judge Mental Dec 23rd 2014 at 10:42 am 6

    A couple of observations:
    - Like Mona pointed out, this scenario works if the mall is collecting a fee to merely enter the Santa queue
    - For my money, it would have worked better without the “Selfie with Santa” sign (and removing the mall’s complicity regarding selfies), but Coverly probably felt a compulsion to over-explain what is happening.

  7. Boise Ed Dec 23rd 2014 at 04:53 pm 7

    Thanks, James [5]. You save me some typing.

  8. Boise Ed Dec 23rd 2014 at 04:53 pm 8


  9. Susan T-O Dec 24th 2014 at 12:56 pm 9

  10. Meryl A Dec 28th 2014 at 04:35 am 10

    Originally the idea of Santa was that parents would hear what the kids want and buy it as they were with the child while seeing Santa in the store Santa was in (according to what my parents told me) - or (according to my husband) parents could leave the kids at Santa (as in Christmas Story) as a sort of babysitter while they were shopping in the store. That was when each store had a Santa - then the malls decided to put him midmall and spread the cost over the stores (in their rent). Now they are an income producer in photos of children and pets (yes, there are special days for photos of Santa with pets).

    Husband and I went to a large local garden nursery this year. They do events in the store for assorted holidays (yes, to pull in customers) and we had never gone to the Christmas one (or any other one together, I went alone in years past). The Santa there was a very good Santa looking Santa, very nice and patient with the children and one took their own photos.

  11. James Pollock Dec 28th 2014 at 10:19 am 11

    In my youth, the Meier & Frank department store (a regional chain, since consumed by the Macy’s brand) had “Toyland”, a seasonal area that was toys at Christmastime. However, there was an aerial tram over the top of it. You’d wait in line, get a ride in a little train suspended from the ceiling, and when you got off, you’d get a miniature candy cane in one hand and a fir seedling in a container that looked like a test-tube for your other hand.

    Today, the top floors of what used to be that flagship store are a high-end hotel.

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