A New Hampshire business owner called the police on a Salvation Army bell ringer who she said was violating city noise ordinances. The clerk told authorities the bell ringers made her “hate Christmas.”
Sarah Hamilton-Parker told the Portsmouth Police Dept. that the Salvation Army is breaking the city’s noise ordinance, Seacoast Online reported.
“I listen to this for 200 hours a year,” she told the newspaper. “This is my fourth year and I can’t take it anymore. I’m so sick of it.”
Thousands of Salvation Army bell ringers around the nation set up donation kettles to during the Christmas season to raise money for their charity efforts.
“I don’t get a break,” Hamilton-Parker complained to the local newspaper. “It makes my blood pressure go sky high.”
The police department said the Salvation Army isn’t breaking any laws. They said the city has given the Christian charity permission to ring their bells in that particular location during the yuletide season.
Hamilton-Parker said she may mobilize other downtown businesses and draft a petition to convince the city to relocate the bell ringers.
“It makes me hate Christmas,” she told the newspaper.