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Wausau police clear playground Santa

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WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAU) -- A case of 'maybe a little bit too early' on Monday after Santa Claus came to Franklin Elementary in Wausau.

It was not in fact Santa Claus, but a young man handing out Beanie Babies to kids through the playground fence. One of the school attendants chased him off and later called police.

Officers caught up with the man a short time later and it turns out he's a Salvation Army bell-ringer who'd been handing out the toys to kids putting change in his donation bucket earlier in the day. Children on the playground spotted him walking home and called him over, and he proceeded to hand out the rest of the toys.

Officers say nothing untoward was taking place, and have advised the man to get permission from the school to hand out toys in the future.

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