According to News.com.au, Nov. 11:
SANTAS working in shopping centres across Australia have been banned from bellowing “ho ho ho” because it might frighten children.
“The reason behind that is we find that in some cases the little kids can get a little bit scared of the deep ‘ho, ho, hos’ and we ask them to be mindful of keeping their voices to a lower level,” [Westaff national operations manager Glen Jansz] said.
According to AFP,
One disgruntled Santa told the newspaper a recruitment firm warned him not to use “ho ho ho” because it could frighten children and was too close to “ho”, a US slang term for prostitute.
Thankfully, today we have:
Recruitment firm Westaff, which supplies hundreds of Santas for events around Australia, has backed down from its ban on the traditional greeting following a backlash from employees.
The company wanted to ban “Ho, ho, ho” for fear it might scare some of the children.
A Myer spokesman said store management believed the expression was an important Christmas tradition.