Mayor Defends Firing Of Sugar Plum Fairy

7 years 4 months 4 days ago Wednesday, November 16 2011 Nov 16, 2011 Wednesday, November 16, 2011 12:38:00 PM CST November 16, 2011 in News
By: Associated Press

ST. CHARLES (AP) - The mayor of St. Charles is defending the firing of the Sugar Plum Fairy.

Laura Coppinger is a 29-year-old 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. She was recently fired for cursing. She let the expletives fly when she flushed a toilet during a drug test, a no-no that required her to be re-tested and miss a job interview.

She was not working at the time, but the city's human resources department says she violated the code of conduct for a Christmas Traditions character.

Since then, Coppinger has received a large outpouring of support.

But Mayor Sally Faith released a statement Tuesday calling Coppinger's behavior and language "excessively inappropriate."

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