Police are warning that a fake Salvation Army bell ringer is on the loose in Topeka, Kansas:
The "freelance ringer," as Yockey termed the man, had worked for the Salvation Army for the holiday season but began to show up late for his shifts. Then, the day before he was fired, the man placed a Santa hat atop his red kettle and told passersby that the kettle was full and to place money in the hat.
He was then fired.
But on Sunday, when ringers don't work but many of the racks holding the kettles are still out, the man went to the store at S.W. 10th and Topeka and attached a hat to the stand. He then began asking for money.
An astute shopper noticed the man and, knowing the Salvation Army doesn't ring on Sundays, called it in.
I never give to the Salvation Army anyway. (Yes, I'm a scrooge). So I'm pretty much immune to this scam.