NJ.com – A man dressed as one of Santa’s little helpers found himself in trouble … when Riverdale police allegedly discovered him drunkenly passed out in a car.
Around 3:30 a.m., Sgt. Pat Harden was dispatched to the parking lot of Target …Harden located the car, a gray Toyota van, parked by the store’s loading dock with its engine running, lights on and music blaring …
The driver, Brian Chellis, 23, of Cedar Grove, was asleep behind the wheel, wearing an “Elf on the Shelf” costume … After shutting off the car’s engine and waking Chellis, the sergeant detected a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on his breath, the lieutenant said. Harden further observed that Chellis seemed confused over his whereabouts and had an open can of beer inside of the car.
I hate to be the bearer of bad news on Christmas Eve. Believe me I’d prefer to keep everything positive and upbeat. But at the same time I feel it’s my duty to make sure that everyone out there who has an appreciation for Elf Culture celebrate responsibly. Like the old saying goes: The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear; not getting pie-eyed by yourself in a Target parking lot. Remember, elves should try to stick to the four main food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corns and syrup. Just be careful what kind of syrup you’re having, so you don’t end up passed out behind the wheel someplace. Or worse, do this:
So be careful tonight. Drink responsibly. And don’t be like Brian Chellis, just another cotton-headed ninnymuggins.