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Mom of kid insulted by Santa turns down ACC visit offer from Leafs

Mary Trent's three-year-old son was mocked by Santa in Toronto.

Credits: Facebook picture/Handout/QMI Agency

SHAWN JEFFORDS | QMI AGENCY

TORONTO - The mother of a three-year-old Toronto Maple Leafs fan who was insulted by a wise-cracking Santa Claus has turned down an offer to visit the Air Canada Centre.

Leafs officials reached out on Friday to Mary Trent, the mother of the boy who was told by a Santa Claus at the Lowe's Christmas Market that he shouldn't be wearing his Leafs tuque because the team "sucks."

After arriving half an hour late for his appearance, Santa also teased the boy, who was first in line to see him, for wearing a red plaid coat, saying he looked like "Paul Bunyan."

Leafs brass offered to bring preschooler on a tour of the team dressing room, give him gifts and a chance to meet mascot Carlton The Bear and general manager Brian Burke.

Trent told the Toronto Sun that while was thankful, she didn't raise the issue to get attention.

"I was really appreciate it," she said of the Leafs offer. "But I didn't do it for freebies. I just wanted to make sure no other children went through that."

Trent said she acted because her son was upset by the comments and cried all the way home to Mississauga.

Trent has also turned down an offer from the organizer of the Christmas Market for a return visit.

She raised the issue on Facebook after the encounter and the Santa was subsequently fired.

"Hopefully, other Santas out there will know better," Trent said. "They'll know what jokes are appropriate for little kids. They are very impressionable at this age."

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