The British department store Harrods has forgotten the true Christmas spirit this year: only children with rich parents are allowed to visit Santa Claus in his cave inlaid with diamonds in the department store.

Parents who spend a minimum of 2,000 pounds (around 2,320 euros) in Harrods can send their children into the cave for a visit to Santa Claus. Britons are furious, so the department store came up with a solution: 160 lower-income families are allowed to descend into the diamond cave this year.

The luxury department store, which is owned by the royal family of Qatar, gives these families 4,400 ten-minute moments with Santa from 15 November. Rich families therefore receive 96.4 percent of the Christmas time in the diamond cave.

Department store visitors complain to the British newspaper The Guardian : Harrods behaves like the Grinch and steals Christmas, and has been tempted to commercialize Christmas, they say.

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Tickets for a visit to Santa Claus cost £ 20, around € 23 per child. Harrods thus earns at least 98,314 euros for exploiting the cave in the 5.5 week until Christmas Eve. Also for photos with Santa Claus must be paid separately.

A Harrods spokesperson says the department store is doing everything it can to make the experience in the cave as magical as possible. "Every year we are overwhelmed by the demand for this special experience, and tickets are extremely limited. Unfortunately, we simply cannot meet that demand."