Man plays along after being mistaken for Santa while shopping

What do you do when you’re shopping and a little girl mistakes you for Santa? You play along of course.

Miya Lupashunski

HURRICANE, W. Va. (WCMH) – If you see a man with a white beard and a red shirt in December, he must be Santa Claus, right?

Sophie Jo Riley encountered ‘Santa’ at a Walmart in Hurricane, West Virginia, or so she thought.

She saw Roger Larck’s white beard and red shirt and started up a conversation with ‘Santa’

Larck played along as Riley’s mother recorded with her phone.

The pair talked about her Christmas tree and how she would leave cookies for him.

As one might imagine, the video of the conversation has gone viral. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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