Bell Ringer Smacked for Not Saying Merry Christmas

Peace on earth, baby. Good will to all men. Except Salvation Army bell ringers who say “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas”.

At least that the story out of Phoenix, Arizona where a Salvation Army bell ringer is threatening to sue a Walmart customer who she alleges hit her when she wished her “Happy Holidays”. Store surveillance fails to confirm the assault so the bell ringer plans to pursue legal action.

“The lady looked at me,” Vindiola explained to KNXV. “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.

What the woman did next caught Vindiola by surprise. She told KNXV that the woman hit her in the arm and proceeded to go inside the store to shop. Vindiola told a manager who called the police.

“She should’ve just been happy. I said ‘Happy Holidays,’ but I got hit because I didn’t say ‘Merry Christmas,’” Vindiola told KNXV.

The surveillance video didn’t have enough evidence for Phoenix police to arrest the woman accused in the assault. However, Vindiola said she plans to take legal action.

True story? Who knows?

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