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Salvation Army won't change policies after three red kettle robberies

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The Spokane County Salvation Army told KHQ they won’t change any of their policies after the third robbery of a holiday red kettle in less than a week. Two of those happened in Spokane County and one was taken in Post Falls. The Spokane County Salvation Army told KHQ they won’t change any of their policies after the third robbery of a holiday red kettle in less than a week. Two of those happened in Spokane County and one was taken in Post Falls.
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The Spokane County Salvation Army told KHQ they won't change any of their policies after the third robbery of a holiday red kettle in less than a week. Two of those happened in Spokane County and one was taken in Post Falls.

“We want to focus on the positives of what the red kettles do,” Salvation Army Business Administrator Sheila Geraghty said. “We don't want to let the Grinch steal Christmas.”

The most recent incident took place at the Fred Meyers in Wandermere. Tuesday night a white woman around 30-years-old approached the bell ringer at the red kettle outside the store, said something, and then grabbed the kettle and took off. The bell ringer let them go, as they're trained to do.

“I'd rather see the kettle gone the person at the stand get hurt,” veteran bell ringer Angel Harper said.

Harper says the Salvation Army employees are trained to keep an eye on their kettle and stay at arms length. If they see someone “eyeing them,” they can unhook the kettle and go inside. But if someone demands the kettle, they're trained to give it up.

“We shouldn't have to deal with that,” Harper said.

“It just makes me sick,” Dallas Miner said. Miner was operating the kettle outside the Wandermere Fred Meyers.

“That's not going to stop me from coming out,” Miner said. “What really hurts is to see kids that can't even open a box of shoes or a jacket or something to keep warm.”

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