The kettle bells commonly rung by Salvation Army workers outside stores and on streetcorners to draw attention to their charity work aren't ringing this year at Fashion Island.
They haven't been ringing for a couple of years, in fact.
The mall apparently disallows such attention-getters, and the Salvation Army workers aren't there to break the rules, according to a story originally reported in the Daily Pilot.
The three Fashion Island bell ringers, which is their actual job title, are instead being referred to as kettle workers as they solicit donations this holiday season, according to Antonio Orta, a Salvation Army major.
A spokesman for the Irvine Company, which owns the property, told the Daily Pilot that allowing a bell ringer to ring his bell outside a tenant's door was up to the tenant, though managers at Bloomingdale's and Macy's were under the impression that they were just complying with mall rules.
Orta said that, as far as he knew, the Fashion Island location was the only one that disallowed bell-ringing.
You can read the original story here.