Shoppers upset after Staten Island mall cancels Christmas events

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Shoppers Upset After Mall Cancels Christmas Events

STATEN ISLAND (WPIX) -- It's not even Thanksgiving, but already it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the Staten Island Mall. Apparently decorating the Christmas tree, however, wasn't enough to put the mall administration in the Christmas spirit.

Without warning, the mall decided to cancel the annual Christmas parade and tree lighting. Something that only came to light when a shopper asked on the mall's Facebook page.

In response one shopper started a Facebook group calling for a boycott of the mall for this year's holiday shopping.

"We find this offensive. We are tired of all our holiday traditions being taken away. Yet the mall management still wants us to do our Christmas shopping there," said Joe DeMarco, who started the group.

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In just a couple of days the group had more than 20-thousand members. It seems like mall management got the message. Since they didn't want to end up on shoppers' naughty list, they've agreed to bring back the tree lighting this holiday season and will bring back the Santa parade next year.

In a statement on the mall's Facebook page a spokesperson apologized and wrote:

"We heard the disappointment in your shopper feedback regarding the cancellation of the annual Santa Parade. At Staten Island Mall, we pride ourselves on being a community partner and take our shoppers' sentiments to heart -- good and bad."

The statement doesn't say why the parade was canceled in the first place.

It's too early to tell how the change of heart will impact the thousands of holiday shoppers who joined the Facebook group. But at least one shopper said it will keep him coming back this Christmas.

"Well that's a great decision," said Williams. "The whole community will appreciate it and we'll keep supporting the mall."

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