Salvation Army bell-ringer allegedly assaulted for saying “Happy Holidays”



Do you greet people with “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Holidays?”

An Arizona woman, who’s also a bell ringer for the Salvation Army, says she was assaulted for choosing the wrong one.

Kristina Vindiola says a woman hit her outside a Phoenix Walmart after she said “Happy Holidays.”

“The lady looked at me,” said Vindiola. “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 says the woman hit her in the arm and then went inside the store. She told a manager who then called police.

Apparently, the woman who allegedly hit her is taking the reports of a “War on Christmas” literally and physically striking back.

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Apparently, not everyone agrees with that and the bell ringer who said she was assaulted now plans to take legal action.

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

The Salvation Army says it doesn’t have a policy as to what its bell ringers should say, they can say “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Holidays.”

Phoenix police looked at surveillance video but didn’t have enough evidence to arrest the woman accused in the assault.

Regardless of whether you say Happy Holidays or Merry Christmas, I think we all can condemn anyone who would resort to physical violence over someone saying Happy Holidays. With that being said, I’m wondering if mental health issues or alcohol were involved.

Jeff Quinton

Jeff Quinton

Jeff Quinton is an award-winning blogger who has been aggregating and blogging since 1998. He has worked as a reporter, in government, and as a communications professional in Columbia, SC and Washington, DC.

Quinton is a native South Carolinian who has lived in Baltimore since 2006. He is a recent convert to the Catholic Church and is active in the Knights of Columbus. He has been involved in the pro-life movement nationally and locally since 2010.

Quinton is a veteran who served as an intelligence analyst in the Army National Guard. He is also an Eagle Scout.
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