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Bell Ringer Says She Was Assaulted For Saying ‘Happy Holidays’ Instead Of ‘Merry Christmas’

PHOENIX, Ariz. (CBS Las Vegas) – A Salvation Army bell ringer claims she was assaulted by a woman for saying “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas” outside of a Walmart.

Kristina Vindiola was ringing a bell outside of a Phoenix-area Walmart when she said “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas” to a woman.

“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.

On whether bell ringers should say “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Holidays,” the Salvation Army doesn’t have a policy concerning the issue.

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