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article imageSalvation Army bell ringer hit for not saying 'Merry Christmas'

By Anne Sewell     Dec 19, 2013 in World
Phoenix - In this so-called P.C. world, it is sometimes difficult to say the right thing during the festive season, as a Salvation Army bell ringer found out when she said "Happy Holidays" to a woman outside Walmart, and got hit for not saying "Merry Christmas."
It sort of makes you wish things could go back to the good old days. The Salvation Army is well known for trying their best to collect money to help the needy over the festive season. You know, the period previously known as "Christmas."
However, one Salvation Army bell ringer says she had just got used to the idea of saying "Happy Holidays" instead of the previously traditional "Merry Christmas", when she got assaulted for her trouble.
The bell ringer, Kristina Vindiola, was outside a Walmart in the Phoenix area when it happened. A lady was passing by and Vindiola shouted cheerfully to her, "Happy Holidays."
Instead of a thankful smile, or return greeting, what Vindiola got was hit in the arm by the woman, who then proceeded into the store.
Vindiola told KNXV: “The lady looked at me. I thought she was going to put money in the kettle. She came up to me and said, ‘Do you believe in God?’ And she says, ‘You’re supposed to say Merry Christmas,’ and that’s when she hit me.”
Vindiola then told a manager at the store about the incident, who called the police.
Regrettably, the store surveillance video didn't have enough evidence for the police to take any action against the woman, but Vindiola says she is planning on taking legal action herself.
“She should’ve just been happy. I said ‘Happy Holidays,’ but I got hit because I didn’t say ‘Merry Christmas,’” Vindiola told KNXV.
According to a spokesperson for the Salvation Army's Western Territory, bell ringers are asked to say "Merry Christmas" during their training. However, the spokesperson said they are not actually required to do so when they are dealing with the public.
Spokeswoman Kathy Lovin told the Christian Post that, “The vast majority of their interactions with the public are really positive.”
“But even if they’re not, our bell ringers are trained to be gracious and to be good representatives of The Salvation Army,” she added.
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