Santas in Sydney have been told not to use Father Christmas’s traditional “ho ho ho” greeting because it may be offensive to women, the AFP reported.

Sydney’s Santa Clauses have instead been instructed to say “ha ha ha” instead, the Daily Telegraph reported.

One disgruntled Santa told the newspaper a recruitment firm warned him not to use “ho ho ho” because it could frighten children and was too close to “ho”, a US slang term for prostitute.

This has got to be a joke…