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Salvation Army bell-ringer assaulted for saying 'Happy Holidays' instead of 'Merry Christmas'

Posted by on Dec. 16, 2013 at 4:28 PM
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Salvation Army bell-ringer assaulted for saying 'Happy Holidays' instead of 'Merry Christmas'

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PHOENIX, Ariz. -- Some might call it the “December Debate.” 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. Shoppers that Scripps sister station ABC15 spoke with said they understand how some people can get offended.

"I've finally gotten used to 'Happy Holidays' and it's a ‘Happy Holiday' or a ‘Merry Christmas,' I'm good with either one," said one woman.

Another, who works for a public school district told ABC15 she says "‘Merry Christmas' to most people. At work when I'm sending emails and to be politically correct it’s ‘Happy Holidays’ because we're supposed to."

A third shopper pointed to her faith as to why she says "Merry Christmas."

"I'm a Christian," she said, “and that is what it means to me, you know it's a celebration of Christ's birth.”

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.



Read more: http://www.wptv.com/dpp/news/local_news/water_cooler/salvation-army-bell-ringer-assaulted-for-saying-happy-holidays-instead-of-merry-christmas#ixzz2nfx1YcVa
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Ms.KitKat
by Platinum Member on Dec. 16, 2013 at 4:32 PM
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Well:

"Happy Fucking Christmas Holiday to you too!"

Would have been MY reply.

shuturpiehole
by Bronze Member on Dec. 16, 2013 at 4:34 PM
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But CHRISTIANS are being persecuted....


Christians are the most bigoted hateful people I've ever seen.

AllofFive19
by Bronze Member on Dec. 16, 2013 at 4:37 PM
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Of course because Jesus said, "If they sayeth the wrong holiday greeting, smite them."

lilblu399
by Bronze Member on Dec. 16, 2013 at 4:54 PM
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I'm Christian and have zero issues with Happy Hoildays, whatever someone greets me with, I reply back. Some folks are jackasses.
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Mommy_of_Riley
by Jes on Dec. 16, 2013 at 5:01 PM
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It says they looked at video surveillance and there wasn't enough evidence to arrest for assault? So I'm gonna say she didn't "hit" her like she's saying...

Sorry but I'm a skeptic.
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Mommy_of_Riley
by Jes on Dec. 16, 2013 at 5:02 PM
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HAHAHAAH!

Oh gosh... I laughed harder at this then I should have.


Quoting AllofFive19:

Of course because Jesus said, "If they sayeth the wrong holiday greeting, smite them."

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jllcali
by Jane on Dec. 16, 2013 at 5:17 PM
I was about to point that out. That could mean the woman was touched, but police didn't think it was hard enough to qualify as assault, or the bell ringer is lying about being touched.

Quoting Mommy_of_Riley: It says they looked at video surveillance and there wasn't enough evidence to arrest for assault? So I'm gonna say she didn't "hit" her like she's saying...



Sorry but I'm a skeptic.
storkradio193
by Member on Dec. 16, 2013 at 5:18 PM
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I don't understand that unroar about saying "happy holidays" vs. "merry Christmas" not everyone celebrates Christmas.  

VooDooB
by weird cheese on Dec. 16, 2013 at 5:19 PM
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"Phoenix police looked at surveillance video but didn't have enough evidence to arrest the woman accused in the assault."

Clearly this story is complete horseshit.

lhiannan
by Member on Dec. 16, 2013 at 5:33 PM
It's possible that the camera was at a bad angle, as well. Or, the woman could have been joking around and playfully hit her arm. Without evidence, there's really no way to know what really happened. What do you do in that situation if it did happen, even if you didn't get injured enough for medical attention?

Quoting VooDooB:

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


Clearly this story is complete horseshit.

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