Santa jail: Naughty kids don't get coal this year, they get mugshots

Santa jail: Naughty kids don't get coal this year, they get mugshots

FILE PHOTO: A police department in Texas is offering "Mugshots with Santa" for a fundraiser.

PEARLAND, Texas — Police in Texas have a sense of humor this holiday season.

Instead of the traditional cookies or breakfast with Santa events, they're hosting an event called "Mugshots with Santa," the Houston Chronicle reported.

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The mugshots come with booking signs that spell out the children's "crimes." Think "refusing to nap" and "moving the elf" for the youngest offenders, and "texting addict" and "eye rolling" for the teens.

The event raises money for the Pearland Police Department youth outreach program. Some of the proceeds also go to a family in need chosen by the department, the Chronicle reported.

Last year they raised $7,000.

This year they're charging $10 for the first person in the photo and $5 for each additional, with a four-person limit because of space. No pets are allowed for now, but there may be an animal-friendly version eventually, the Chronicle reported.

Parkland isn't the only police department with the "Mugshots with Santa" event. Police in Manfield, Texas, held a similar event for the first time last month.

The 1st Annual “Mugshots with Santa” is a huge success! Families, kiddos and Star Wars characters are having a blast...

Posted by Mansfield Police Department on Saturday, November 23, 2019