YOU short story: 21st centuary Santa

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Illustration: Michael De Lucchi
Illustration: Michael De Lucchi

‘WANTED: Santa for Brad­hall Shopping Centre. Immediate start. Good pay offered to the right candidate.'

The advert had attracted 12 applicants. Jimmy Johnson, the centre manager, had started off the day with a detailed wish list.  

But after a full day of interviews, he’d whittled the wish list down to three key qualities: a friendly manner, good with children and – most importantly – doesn’t have a laugh like a super-villain. 

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