Salvation Army bell-ringer Kristina Vindiola was standing by her kettle outside of a Walmart in Phoenix, Arizona when she wished a woman entering the store “happy holidays.” The woman approached her and struck her.
“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.
The imaginary “war on Christmas” is now becoming a “hot war” rather than the “cold war” of words which spew forth from the mouths of “Christians” whose faith is challenged by those who choose to say “happy holidays.” In a display of their Christianity they are now assaulting those who “offend” them.
In fairness it must be noted that not all who profess to be Christian are so militant about the greeting, as one shopper at that Walmart said, “I’ve finally gotten used to ‘happy holidays’ and it’s a ‘happy holiday’ or a ‘merry Christmas,’ I’m good with either one.”
Ms. Vindiola says that she would like to pursue legal action but after reviewing surveillance footage the police say that they have insufficient evidence to make an arrest in the case. “She should’ve just been happy I said ‘happy holidays,’ but I got hit because I didn’t say ‘merry Christmas,'” she said.
The Salvation Army says that they do not have a set policy as to how their bell ringers should greet those passing by their kettles.
Watch the report below from ABC 15.
h/t: Freak Out Nation