Nightside Pick: Struggling Santa

By WEEK Producer

December 1, 2011 Updated Dec 1, 2011 at 11:15 PM CDT

PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL -- What was supposed to happen was at a Florida mall was Santa was to arrive by rappelling down to the main floor.

As is often the case, not everything was completely thought through.

Santa got off to a good start....but shortly after he began his descent into the Food Court, his fake white whiskers got caught into the rappelling apparatus.

At that point, Santa -- flailing his arms and legs--- tried to get the tangled beard free.

Meanwhile, below, a helper told children to sing "We Wish You a Merry Christmas", saying that would help the struggling Santa.

This goes on for about three uncomfortable minutes before
the would-be jolly old elf got to the ground, ripped off his trapped facial hair...and said he was an "elf" to the real Santa, and then quickly left.

He has not been identified.