JamesSavik Posted November 17, 2011 Report Share Posted November 17, 2011 Sugar Plum Fairy Fired from Midwest Holiday Festival Over 'Naughty Words' Despite Local Outcry By Perry Charamonte Published November 16, 2011 FoxNews.com http://www.foxnews.c.../#ixzz1dynOKdbh Nov. 29, 2009: Actress Laura Coppinger portrays the Sugar Plum Fairy during St. Charles, Mo.'s annual Christmas festival. Officials of a small Missouri city are irate after visions of a cursing sugar plum fairy danced in their heads. Laura Coppinger, 29, of St. Louis was booted from her long-time position as the Sugar Plum Fairy in the annual holiday parade in nearby St. Charles when she dropped some naughty language during a drug test required of all city employees. Coppinger has been playing the character for the annual Christmas Traditions Festival for the past six years and is immensely popular among event-goers, and her firing has caused uproar in the town of about 66,000. Coppinger accidentally flushed the toilet during the test, which is normally not allowed because the running water can be used to dilute the sample. She was told she would have to stay and wait to give another test, making her late for a job interview. "I don't have to take drug tests too often," she said, "so out of habit I flushed the toilet, and as soon as I did it I was like, oh, no,” Coppinger said to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “Out of frustration with myself and frustration with the fact that I was going to have to sit another hour, I cursed," she said. While she was waiting to take another test, she was told to go home. When she asked why, she was told to contact officials from St. Charles. Coppinger was told she had broken a code of conduct for the festival, the section titled “Christmas Characters Don’t Know Naughty Words”. “My objection is that this did not happen while she was on the job,”Jim Brown, owner of Riverside Sweets, a candy shop in downtown St. Charles, told FoxNews.com. “Nobody is perfect, and who hasn’t uttered a dirty word or two?” “She did a fantastic job. She created a unique way of playing the character, and kids would just flock to her,” he continued. (more at source) Quote Link to comment
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