So much for Christmas tradition...

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    I don't know about elsewhere, but in Columbus, Target discount stores and Giant Eagle supermarkets have barred Salvation Army bell ringers from setting up this year so as "not to distract" shoppers. Fer cryin' out loud, can't they even pretend to remeber that Christmas is about sharing and giving and caring?

    Well, Target and Giant Eagle can kiss my money good-bye this year.
     
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    Finally, something we're both fanatical about AND on the same side of. I will never shop Target again without a public apology and a huge donation to the SA. Never heard of Giant Eagle, but I won't shop there either.

    To further add to this atrocity, Target stores feature signs reading "Happy Kwanzaa," "Happy Hannukah," "Happy Ramadan," "Happy Holidays," "Season's Greetings," and even "Merry Winter Solstice," but no sign saying "Merry Christmas" that I've seen.
     
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    Amen. Ebeenezer Scrooge must have been CEO.

    For the record though, target.com has a big picture of a family opening presents under a Christmas tree.
     
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    If people want to donate, they know how to do so, without someone standing around, blocking the entrance to a store with an obnoxious bell begging for money. I don't like feeling like I have to donate to every single one that I pass.
     
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    If you donate your conscience should be well at ease. Is your momentary social comfort worth telling them to get off the block entirely?
     
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    I see no reason to tell them to "get off the block entirely".. However, they need not be at *every* store on *every* block, either. 6 of them within a 2 block radius is a bit much. Kohl's. Pick & Save, Shopko, Hobby Lobby, Walgreens, Walmart...and the list goes on and on...
     
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    Oh, and let's not forget the flyers stuck to your door, phone calls to your house, envelopes in the mail... There is such a thing as overkill, ya know.. :)
     
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    I have NEVER gotten any such thing from the Salvation Army, nor have I ever seen them blocking store entrances. They just stand there, ringing their bells. These guys are doing it out of the goodness of their hearts, too. My dad's an executive, yet until this year, he spent a few hours every weekend in front of Target, ringing the bell. Now, while the bell itself may annoy some people, let's look at a few other holiday traditions that *I* can't stand.

    I hate Valentine's Day stuff. I have never had a girlfriend and although I'm usually fine with that, Valentine's Day is a *very* lonely time of the year when I feel ashamed that I haven't even found *a* special someone, much less *that* special someone. However, I don't sue over Valentine's Day, because I know how it makes others feel and I'm willing to put up with a little depression every once in a while becuase I'm not petty.

    Kwanzaa. I'm sure it's a fine holiday, but I have no idea what the hell it is, what it means, or what it stands for, only that it's a holiday made for blacks. How about filling us in so I can stop thinking every year, "What the hell is Kwanzaa?" Still, I tolerate it because I'm sure that *somebody* out there knows what it means and if people wanna celebrate, then by all means, go right ahead.

    Halloween. If I don't pick something every kid in the world likes, I have to genuinely scare the hell out of them to keep them from vandalizing my (parents') house. I'm tempted to buy some blanks and rock salt for my shotgun. However, I tend to actually scare the hell out of them, so I let it alone.

    Independance Day. I like blowing stuff up as much as the next man, but the next 12 year old who shoots a bottle rocket or throws a firecracker at me or my car is getting an M-80 up his butt. I have been able to deal with this, though. It usually has to do with a Super Soaker pointed at their stash.

    Thanksgiving. Is it so much to ask to wait until *after* Thanksgiving to start in on Christmas? And stop having these early morning, limited time sales. I can't get up that early and I HATE crowds!

    April Fools' Day. Most pranks are so unoriginal, I want to vomit. They also typically cause harm. Stealing everybody's shoes the night before is creative and harmless. Egging a car is not. Moving furniture to convice them that they're in the wrong dorm room is creative and harmless. Spreading Icy Hot in a swimsuit is not.

    Now, given all of these things, I should be a scrooge, right? Nope, I love these holidays, annoyances and all, because I don't let it get to me, and none of these things gives food, clothing, or shelter to the needy.
     
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    i, like many children before and after me, often had to make the tough decision of who to give money to during the holidays, the church collection plate or the salvation army bell ringer... hard decision but my first and most profound lesson at the age of 5 in budgeting and thinking of others less forturnate than i am....

    fuck target for doing this, and fuck wal-mart for screwing their workers over... in japan i'm stuck shopping at the Navy Exchange anyway...
     
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    I've already written Target stores off my list due to their unwillingness to support veterans and the Marine's Toys for Tots program, so this is just another reason for me to give them the finger.

    But gee-whiz Bully, just when I was beginning to think you were a real wanker, you go and post something like this. Guess you're really just a marshmallow.

    Merry Christmas, ya big ole squishy softie you! :laugh:
     

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