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Salvation Army bell ringer hit: 'Happy Holidays' comment gets bell ringer hit

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A Salvation Army bell ringer was hit after wishing someone "Happy Holidays" instead of saying "Merry Christmas." On Dec. 19, the Digital Journal reported that Kristina Vindiola was doing her job, spreading holiday cheer and collecting money for the less fortunate -- but she got a little surprise when she apparently said the "wrong thing" to one Walmart shopper.

"[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," the Digital Journal reports.

After the Salvation Army bell ringer was hit, she told the store manager and police were called. The cops weren't able to locate the woman or ID her on any surveillance video but that doesn't mean that Vindiola is dropping it. In her mind she was just doing her job and being cheerful, trying not to offend anyone. For this reason Vindiola says she plans on filing charges of her own.

"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," said Vindiola. "She should've just been happy. I said 'Happy Holidays,' but I got hit because I didn’t say 'Merry Christmas,'" she added.

The Salvation Army bell ringer that was hit has the support of the Salvation Army. While they train their employees to say "Merry Christmas," they do not have to say it to the public. Vindiola was being courteous and she didn't deserve to be hit just because she chose to be PC.

© Effie Orfanides 2013


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