Salvation Army Bell Ringer: The Horror! The Horror!

Today at the grocery store I could hear the bell ringer when I got out of my car.  It's a  big-box type store.  I always park a long distance from the entrance.  It must have been a half a city block away.

When I got into the atrium, the bell ringing was so loud I wanted to cover my ears.  The horrid woman repeated to me "Merry Christmas".  I wanted to tell her, I don't approve of the Salvation Army, and I don't like their in-your-face approach.  But I couldn't, she kept ringing that damn bell.


I have a 100% hearing loss on left.  The right hearing is normal.  If you stand to the left of me and speak, I can't tell what you are saying.  I passed by her, with her on the left.  It really was deafening.  

What did she think - people were not contributing because they couldn't hear the damn bell?  I had to walk around her to get into the store.  It's not like customers didn't know she was there.

Inside the store, I went to the back of the store to find some hardware items.  All the way to the back, over the damn Xmas musak, that goddam bell.

The horror!  As a customer I wanted to complain to the manager, but it's not like they couldn't hear the stupid bell.  I just wanted to get away from it.

On the way out, I had to go through the atrium again. That was so loud!  She said "Merry Christmas" again, loud again, and I bowed my head, walked fast past her, and muttered "Jesus Christ, leave me alone!"

I have a 100% hearing loss on one side.  The other side is normal.  If you stand to the left of me, I can't tell what you are saying.  I passed by her with her on the left.  It was deafening.

I don't like the Salvation Army anyway.  Other than the telling name, they are a religious christian group.   As a church, they are not restricted from inquiring about the religious beliefs of their 55,000 employees.   I don't give them money.  But even if I liked them, that bell was too obnoxious for words.

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Ted,

Thanks!

Bagpipes would be awesome!  Fantastic Idea!

James,

Love the country life, but not sure about the climate!  I think I'll stick with the Pacific NW Rain!

How about a vuvuzela and an earplug?

Excellent.  Vuvuzela AND bagpipe.  I'd go for the Little Drummer Boy!

Vuvuzelas should only be used when a soccer match is in progress - especially if it involves Manchester United!!!! ;)

Anything that drives Sir Alex up the wall!!!

Melinda you are so right!  Thank you for commenting! 

According to Austin Cline, atheist writer for about.com:  "Apparently, the Salvation Army believes that gay people deserve to be executed"

he has more to say here:

http://atheism.about.com/b/2012/12/07/salvation-army-gays-deserve-d...

I can almost feel you're pain Sentient.  I often have to put my fingers in my ears at my favorite grocery store because their pagers are very high-pitched and cause me pain.  The bell you describe sounds 1000 times worse.  

If I encountered it, I would do what I do when some ass goes by me on a motorcycle with no muffler:  put my middle fingers in my ears, not only to reduce the pain, but to send a message.  Of course, the best message would be a complaint to the manager, something I've been meaning to do in response to the pagers at my grocery store.

Of course, the fact that it's a discriminatory religion is too me, even worse than the pain the bell would cause. I've not given anything to them for quite a while now.  Ever since I started realizing what they stood for.

The comments here have given me resolve.  If next trip there has the same effect, I will go to the manager's desk and make a complaint.  Since the manager's desk is very close to the front entrance, I amy have to cover my ears while waiting.  

I questioned my own motives about whether I was being over reactive to the loud bell because I resent the Salvation Army, but I don't think so.  It really was ear-painfully loud, persistent, intrusive, and obnoxious.

The comments here have given me resolve.  If next trip there has the same effect, I will go to the manager's desk and make a complaint.  Since the manager's desk is very close to the front entrance, I amy have to cover my ears while waiting.  

I questioned my own motives about whether I was being over reactive to the loud bell because I resent the Salvation Army, but I don't think so.  It really was ear-painfully loud, persistent, intrusive, and obnoxious.

I COULD just bring that kazoo, make a sign, and put my hat on the ground for donations.  But we know I wont do that.  Plus I don't have a kazoo.  Or a bagpipe.  Or a vuvuzula.

I frequently encounter the Salvation Army "Santa" at area department stores, but I always walk past them as if they weren't there. If they say, "Merry Christmas!" I pay them no attention.

Gaaah! Bell ringers! I hates them I do. I refuse to give the S(m)Army (sorry-couldn't help myself) money of any sort (for various reasons, mostly listed above).

If you are noticing the loudness of the ringing, then other people are too. Maybe other people have complained and your complaint will force the manager to do something about it as the final straw. Maybe your complaint will alert the manager to an issue that they need to pay attention to. Maye you need to send your friends to the store specifically to complain!

As to addressing the person doing the ringing, I would leave it to management. Even if they're true believers, they probably don't get paid enough to care what your opinion is. I have a hard time coming down on someone so down and out they have to work temp holiday jobs. But that's just me.

Haven't hear it before but I likes the title "S(m)Army".  Also appreciate your reminder that one vote or complaint can be the final straw.

I think the older I get, the more I've started voicing my opinion and don't give two hoots if it's a contrary opinion. Hopefully this doesn't get me into too much trouble...

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