Santa’s grotto to use lie detectors to see if children have been naughty or nice

This Christmas, one Santa’s grotto will be using lie detector technology to check if children have been naughty or nice.

Expert polygraph examiner Paul Bramley – dubbed Mr Fibmas – will join Santa Claus at two London shopping centres to ask kids aged between six and 12 a series of questions to determine whether they’re telling the truth or not.

The youngsters could be asked questions such as “when was the last time you ate a vegetable?”, “have you been doing your homework?” and “have you been keeping your bedroom tidy?”.

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Paul, who’s normally a specialist in a court trials and investigations, will fit mini monitors to the kids’ fingers to track changes in their heart rates.

The fib-o-meter will produce an immediate reading to confirm if kids are on track for Santa’s nice list.

It comes after research for Westfield shopping centres – where the lie detector grottos will be held – found 45% of children are brazen fibbers.

And 88% of youngsters who admit to being naughty claim to have mastered the art of telling porkies.

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Katie Wyle, general manager at Westfield London, said: “We wanted to enhance the Meet Santa experience and offer kids and families some extra free, festive fun before they enter the grotto.

“We’re excited to offer a humorous twist on a much-loved family tradition this Christmas.”

The Father Fibmas experience is at Westfield London, in White City, west London, today and tomorrow and at Westfield Stratford City, in east London, on Monday and Tuesday.


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