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Tue, Sept. 22

Letter: Bell ringers should be allowed warmth

To the editor:

Bah humbug! We have Scrooge existing right here in Williams, Ariz.

On Dec. 16 as I was entering Safeway I noticed the Salvation Army Bell Ringer was standing outside in the parking lot. As it happens, earlier this week on another shopping trip, I happen to notice that the then on duty bell ringer was standing outside of the north entrance door to Safeway. I commented on how cold it was in the shadow and that she should move out into the sunlight where it was much warmer. That is what I assumed had happened today, that she was standing out in the sun as it was much warmer than under the overhang of the store.

As I placed my contribution into the container I commented to today's bell ringer about her standing out in the sun to keep warm. She then told me, "Safeway no longer allows us to stand inside." What! In this cold, winter climate one of the largest grocery store chains in the western states is forbidding one of the most dedicated charities and their dedicated volunteers who collect money for the poor to stand inside a nice, warm environment, but instead to stand out in the cold, chilling wind and snow? I cannot believe this. If it did not required a 70-plus mile round trip to shop for my groceries in Flagstaff, I would no longer darken the door of this Safeway.

I have written several letters to the Safeway corporate offices before and I am going to write another regarding this incident. I only hope I get a response and that this travesty is not because of "political correctness." In other words, "We don't want to offend anyone by having the Salvation Army bell ringers standing inside where it is nice and warm because their presence might offend someone."

Yvette V. Hudson


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