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NYPD warns about SantaCon

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A lot of bars in the area of Hell's Kitchen and Midtown Manhattan got a letter from the NYPD this year encouraging them to not sponsor SantaCon events. Let's just say SantaCon is definitely on the NYPD's naughty list.

Police say that bad Santas are participating in the annual New York City annual event, which is a bar crawl throughout parts of Manhattan where people dress up as Santa and then drink from the morning well into the evening.

The organizers say the event is a "charitable, non-commercial, non-political, nonsensical Santa Claus convention" that happens for "absolutely no reason".

There are yearly complaints about noise, public urination and other quality-of-life issues surrounding the moving mob.

The NYPD is so sick of the "St. Nicks" that cops sent about 30 letters to bars and lounges asking them to not sponsor SantaCon. The group traditionally asks bars to donate a portion of its proceeds to charity in exchange for the Santas to show up on the crawl and buy booze.

In response to the NYPD's preemptive letters, the SantaCon organizers issued a news release saying: "Public drunkenness, urination or rude behavior is not only prohibited by the stated rules of the event, but actively discouraged by the crowds of Santas themselves, who are for the most part, responsible, creative community-minded New Yorkers."

The 2013 SantaCon is scheduled for December 14. The location will only be announced the day before the crawl on the Santacon website and Twitter.

There is a charity angle to the event. Organizers encourage participants to donate $10 that goes to organizations like the New York Food Bank. The group says it raised $45,000 during the 2012 crawl.

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