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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 21 November 2011 - 03:10 PM

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A devout Christian factory worker was fired after he refused to wear a 666 sticker he feared would doom him to eternal damnation, a lawsuit has claimed.

Billy E. Hyatt says he was fired from Pliant Corp, a plastics factory in northern Georgia, near Dalton, after he refused to wear a sticker proclaiming that his factory had been accident-free for 666 days.

That number is considered the 'mark of the beast' in the Bible's Book of Revelation describing the apocalypse.

Hyatt, who said he's a devout Christian, had worked for the north Georgia plastics company since June 2007 and like other employees wore stickers each day that proclaimed how long the factory had gone without an accident.

But he grew nervous in early 2009, as the number of accident-free days crept into the 600s.

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Posted 21 November 2011 - 03:14 PM

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In full fairness his religion does tell him not to receive the mark of the beast.


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Posted 21 November 2011 - 03:21 PM

It's only a sticker. If the employee felt it was against his religion, I don't see the big deal in giving him a one day pass on it.


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Posted 21 November 2011 - 03:32 PM

In order to receive the mark of the beast, it would have to be on written (tattoo?) his forehead or right hand. Stickers don't count, so he was kinda being ridiculous.

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Posted 21 November 2011 - 03:39 PM

though I think firing him was a bit harsh, (should have just written him up and a series of infractions would have been a much more valid reason) , I think that he was being ridiculous too.
this story smells a bit fishy to me. It seems as if there is some information is missing to it.
I can't imagine an employer firing someone for that.

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Posted 21 November 2011 - 03:40 PM

I bet the 420 days accident free sticker was a big hit at the plant though. :D

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Posted 21 November 2011 - 03:42 PM

View Postveledran, on 21 November 2011 - 03:21 PM, said:

It's only a sticker. If the employee felt it was against his religion, I don't see the big deal in giving him a one day pass on it.


I agree, what is the big deal.  And surely they had to realize the implications of that number.

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Posted 21 November 2011 - 03:46 PM

Is it wrong if I found this story quite funny?

I see where the man is coming from, but it's XXX days accident free, not 666 Support The Devil Day.

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Posted 21 November 2011 - 04:03 PM

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Posted 21 November 2011 - 04:09 PM

There would be outrage and possible violence if you tried to get a muslim to wear some sort of 'evil' symbol.
This person did right to stick to their guns, his bosses should have put it down to an OCD or some other mental illness. I hope he is able to sue the pants off them!

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Posted 21 November 2011 - 04:30 PM

View Postrandym23, on 21 November 2011 - 03:39 PM, said:

though I think firing him was a bit harsh, (should have just written him up and a series of infractions would have been a much more valid reason) , I think that he was being ridiculous too.
this story smells a bit fishy to me. It seems as if there is some information is missing to it.
I can't imagine an employer firing someone for that.

I agree, I have no doubt there is more to this story.

I think: Bottom line no one liked this guy, maybe wasn't even a good worker. First excuse to get rid of him that popped up and they jumped on it.


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Posted 21 November 2011 - 04:47 PM

I wonder if any other employee "forgot" to wear their sticker in the other 665 days?  In our office of 10 employees it's hard to get them to remember to do the dishes five days in a row.

If the answer is yes, out of "X" number of employees, EVERY one of them wore their sticker EVERY day then sure, write the guy up.  Otherwise, management needs to get over it.

I would HOPE there is more to the story and that the company didn't fire a good employee over this.

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Posted 21 November 2011 - 05:06 PM

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I would have fired him too for acting like this.. If the rest were told to wear it.. he has no business objecting ...

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Posted 21 November 2011 - 06:01 PM

He should have just peed his pants on the 665th day and told everyone it was an accident. That way the workplace would have never been 'accident' free for 666 days.

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Posted 21 November 2011 - 06:03 PM

I hate it, but the guy seems to have a good case. He took a voluntary 3 day suspension from work to avoid the scary sticker and was later fired for no further incident (according to the story).

The only thing I can imagine (and it's pure conjecture) is that the type of person to make that big a deal out of such an innocuous sticker might have made a similar big deal out of other things and they were just sick of him.





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