Rev. Jamie Wolfe Sr., a Salvation Army bell ringer in California, has been beaten in front of a Walmart – not because someone was trying to rob him and steal the money, but because he tried to spread some holiday cheer…specifically, some Christmas cheer.
Rev. Jamie Wolfe Sr., the man ringing the bell, told CBS Sacramento that he says “Merry Christmas” to everyone who passes by his donation bucket, but one Grinch managed to knock the joy out of him.
“He haymakered me, hit me, got me down on the ground and we started wrestling, at that point I’m fighting for my life,” Wolfe Sr. said.
The suspect allegedly carried out the unprovoked attack not for the money, but for his cheer.
“Store says they love him and he’s been the best bell ringer they’ve ever had, so an attack that’s unprovoked is very surprising and very unfortunate. It’s not the call we’d expect to get at night,” or ever said Lt. Steve Pavlakis with the Salvation Army.
Pavlakis, who worked with the organization for 14 years, says he has not seen anything like this.
“It’s really saddening that one of our bell horingers would be out there working day after day for us that’s met with hate and punches to the face and kicks to the face,” Pavlakis said.
Wolfe Sr. suffered a few bumps and bruises in the scuffle, but he says nothing would take away his Christmas spirit.
Thankfully, Wolfe was not injured. Hopefully the scumbag who attacked him will spend his Christmas in jail for assault. It’s mindblowing that you can’t even wish someone a MERRY CHRISTMAS without fear of attack. This is the world we live in. Disgusting.