Salvation Army using cardboard bell-ringers

Discussion in 'Bizarre and Off-Beat News' started by Casshew, Dec 7, 2004.

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    Casshew Former Member

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    There’s a reason that smiling Salvation Army bell-ringer looks a little stiff this Christmas season, and it’s not the cold weather. Banned from Target stores and faced with a shortage of holiday volunteers, the Salvation Army is using scores of animated, cardboard bell-ringers on a test basis to staff its red donation kettles in stores across the South.

    Equipped with motion sensors, each corrugated cutout has a battery-operated, motorized arm that waves a silent cardboard bell. Anyone who draws near hears a loud, jingling sound from a speaker and a cheery “Merry Christmas, God bless you.”
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