Punched for not saying Christmas

Kristina Vindiola assaulted for saying "Happy Holidays" (WMAR)

A Salvation Army bell ringer says she was punched for saying “happy holidays” and not “merry Christmas.”

A woman in Arizona says that she was recently assaulted while working as a bell ringer for the Salvation Army because she greeted shoppers with the phrase “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas.”

Kristina Vindiola told KNXV that she was collecting donations outside a Walmart in Phoenix and chose the wrong greeting for one woman.

“The lady looked at me,” Vindiola recalled. “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 said that she notified Walmart managers that the woman had hit her in the arm, and the police were notified.