Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

For This Reality Santa, Bah Humbug

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

For This Reality Santa, Bah Humbug

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Turns out, no one likes a pushy Santa.

John Scarpino, a Baldwin Borough man whose Christmas spirit was tempered by a competitive streak, was the first one voted off truTV's "Santas in the Barn" Thursday night. Mr. Scarpino made an honest mistake: In social reality shows, it's only natural to form alliances.

In this case, however, the nine other Santas felt he was too focused on winning. Although he originally was immune to being voted off because his team won a challenge, another of the Santas used a special award to put him up for elimination.

"I'm not going to lie: It [hurt]," said Mr. Scarpino. "I'm a very competitive person. I went in there saying I was going to win this challenge, but sometimes, it's not all about that. …

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