For the past four years, Sarah Hamilton-Parker has been so alarmed by the constant ring-ring-ringing that goes on during the holiday season that, this year, she tried to nip things in the bud by calling the cops the first day the charity chimers started their work.
“I listen to this for 200 hours a year,” Hamilton-Parker told the Portsmouth Herald. “This is my fourth year and I can’t take it anymore. I’m so sick of it.”
The constant clang-clang clanging in the name of charity has forced her to wear earplugs during the holiday season, but that doesn’t work that well, since the stores huge plate glass windows seem to magnify the noise anyway.
“My customers complain about it,” she told ABC News. “They ask me how I possibly can stand it.”
Hamilton-Parker tried complaining to the Salvation Army, asking them to transfer their bell ringer across the street to the front of a church, but her anti-bell gripes fell on deaf ears, Newser.com reported.
Even worse for her: The local police are unable to arrest the noise either.
“I recognize her concern, but it’s something the city has given permission for,” Police Captain Mike Schwartz said, according to the Daily Mail. “They don’t even let me pick out my own clothes, so I don’t have a say in it. But you do have a voice in city government. These are not back-room decisions.”
Still, Hamilton-Parker might be getting some peace and goodwill from the Salvation Army.
An official for the organization said the group is seeking a quieter “jingle bell” to help quiet her concerns.
“We will be sensitive,” Salvation Army Capt. Deb Coolidge said, according to UPI.com. “Hopefully, that will be less stressful for her.”
- Woman Calls Cops on Salvation Army Bell Ringer (radio.foxnews.com)
- Woman Calls Cops On Salvation Army Workers For Ringing Bells (connecticut.cbslocal.com)
- Colorado Springs panhandling ban affects Salvation Army bell ringers (denverpost.com)
- Salvation Army seeks quieter bells (upi.com)
- Woman calls police on Salvation Army workers for ringing bells outside her store and making her ‘hate Christmas’ (dailymail.co.uk)