Wednesday, November 16, 2011
No candy for Christmas ... the Sugar Plum Fairy was fired ... for cursing!
Laura Coppinger, 29, of St. Louis, is an actress who has portrayed the Sugar Plum Fairy for the past six years on historic Main Street in St. Charles during the annual Christmas Traditions festival.
I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking, “Well, she must have cursed on the job.”
But if you thought that, you would be wrong. Nope, Laura was fired for cursing while she was taking a drug test that all city employees must take. Again, I know what you’re thinking:
“Somebody with the city agreed to pay someone to be a Sugar Plum Fairy, but Laura has to take the drug test?”
If you’re thinking that, you have a very good point.
Laura was taking her drug test when she “accidentally flushed the toilet.” Apparently, flushing the toilet during a drug test is a no-no.
Note to self: Never use a bathroom after someone takes a drug test.
Laura was told, that because she flushed the toilet, she would have to stay until she could provide another sample. Staying would make her late for a scheduled job interview. That’s when Laura uttered a curse-word under her breath. I’m not sure what she said when she found out she was going to be late for her job interview, but I know what I would have said.
Of course the REAL Sugar Plum Fairy would be pristine and virginal and she would NEVER say bad words ... but Laura is only a PRETEND Sugar Fairy ... She is a real life woman and she might EVEN be on AFF ... And who knows what else she might be doing when she is not in her Fairy Chambers.
The Post-Dispatch quoted the St. Charles human resources department as saying that Laura violated a Christmas Traditions character code of conduct by saying “naughty words.”
Second note to self: Never invite a member of the St. Charles human resources department to my house or Big T’s work.
Beyond the statement from the human resources department, the folks with the city aren’t talking about the firing, but a lot of folks in St. Charles are talking. Apparently some of the folks in St. Charles think Laura’s firing is “&^%$.”
The good news is that a guy named Mike Swart is trying to turn a negative into a positive. He has started a Facebook page to try to save Laura’s job. As part of his Facebook page, he is asking folks to contribute to a food drive to stock a local food pantry. He is asking folks to donate Sugar Plum Fairy fare, such as cookies and candies, as well as standard food pantry items.
This is what Laura told the Post-Dispatch when she heard about the food drive:
“I think it’s lovely, absolutely wonderful that something good is coming out of this after all.”
Spoken like a true Sugar Plum Fairy.