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Published:December 24th, 2011 18:08 EST
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Fashion Island Mall Bans Salvation Army Bell Ringers From Ringing Bells

By Robert Paul Reyes

"Salvation Army workers making the Christmas appeal at an upmarket mall in Southern California have the familiar red kettles, but no bells.

Salvation Army Maj. Antony Orta told the Los Angeles Times Fashion Island in Newport Beach allows the bell ringers -- known there as kettle workers -- only on the condition they solicit quietly."

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Salvation Army bell ringers are ubiquitous this time of the year, they sprout like weeds in every shopping center and strip mall.

Santa Claus greets usually greets me with a merry "Ho, Ho, Ho," which for some reason reminds me of Mariah Carey singing "All I Want for Christmas is You."

But kettle ringers rarely say "Merry Christmas"; they greet me with the loud clanging of their bells. I bells seem to be clanging "cheapskate, cheapskate, cheapskate", as I walk stone-faced by the ringer.

I applaud the management of Fashion Island for their wise decision to prohibit Salvation Army kettle workers from ringing their bells.

I hope every citizen in the Los Angeles area who appreciates peace and quite will patronize Fashion Island.

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