Merry Christmas, happy Hanukkah, you’re under arrest

bell-ringerOne more sign of the holiday season may soon become a thing of the past, along with nativity scenes and menorahs — at least if one New Hampshire clerk has her way.

A shop owner called the cops on a Salvation Army bell ringer Tuesday morning, claiming that it constituted a violation of the city noise ordinance and that it finally made her “hate Christmas.”

“I listen to this for 200 hours a year,” said Sarah Hamilton-Parker. “This is my fourth year and I can’t take it anymore. I’m so sick of it.”

“I don’t get a break,” she continued. “It makes my blood pressure go sky high.”

According to SeacoastOnline,

She said the bell ringing starts in the morning, clangs all day long, then continues into the night. According to her calculations, she listens to 40 hours of Salvation Army bell ringing every week, for five weeks a year, or 200 hours a year.

She’s also researched the city’s noise ordinance which bans excessive noise and said she thinks the fund-raising bell ringers qualify as noise under that definition. But Police Capt. Mike Schwartz said the noise ordinance “doesn’t apply” because city officials grant permission for the bell ringers to shake their bells in that location on an seasonal basis.

After being informed of Hamilton-Parker’s complaint, The Salvation Army’s Pat James said she’d try to find a solution agreeable to everyone.

Who knows? “Ho ho ho” may soon become “Bah, humbug.”

Read more at SeacoastOnline.


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