Tanya Sinkovits

ST. CHARLES, Mo. (KMOX) — A longtime actress who held a main role in a Missouri Christmas pageant will have to do something different this holiday season after a slip of the tongue during a drug test.

Laura Coppinger has played the Sugar Plum Fairy for the past six years on historic Main Street St. Charles during the annual Christmas Traditions festival. But just recently she was fired for cursing.

Coppinger told KMOX news that she mistakenly flushed the toilet when taking the drug test, a misstep that would force her to retake the test.

“I was going to miss a job interview in order to take the test again,” Coppinger explained.

Obviously frustrated at the process Coopinger let a curse word slip while storming back to the waiting room, resulting in the City of St. Charles deciding not to ask Coppinger back for the annual Christmas tradition.

When Coppinger called the city, special events coordinator Karen Godfrey told her she had broken the Christmas Traditions code of conduct, specifically a section titled: “Christmas Characters Don’t Know Naughty Words.”

Coopinger was not working at the time during the incident.

Coppinger says she has received a large outpouring of support. A save the Sugar Plum Fairy’s job Facebook page has been created, and a food drive on her behalf is being organized.

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  1. charles barnard says:

    I recommend recalling the mayor, and abandoning the stupid pee-in-a-cup slavery.

    You have a right to reprove or chastise an employee for work-related failures and issues–but what a person has in their own body, so long as it isn’t affecting their work performance is none of the employer’s business.

    Alternatively, such testing should be done based upon potential for harm–I’m certain that Sugar Plum Fairy is an important and valuable position–but let’s face it, the Mayor, City Council, emergency responders and even the City Treasurer are in position to do far more harm on a daily basis, And I’ll bet NONE of these people are drug tested at all, much less daily as would be rational.

    Test the people who make the big decisions every day–they kill and injure far more people every year than all of the low-level workers together!

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