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Man Fired For Refusing To Wear "666" Sticker At Work

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Last Edited: November 19, 2011, 4:20 pm

(AP) ATLANTA - A Georgia factory worker claims in a federal lawsuit that he was fired after he refused to wear a 666 sticker he feared would doom him to eternal condemnation.



Billy E. Hyatt claims 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. As the company's safety calendar approached day 666, Hyatt said he approached a manager and explained that wearing it would force him "to accept the mark of the beast and to be condemned to hell." He said the manager assured him he wouldn't have to wear the number.

When the day came on March 12, 2009, Hyatt sought a manager to discuss his request. He said he was told that his beliefs were "ridiculous" and that he should wear the sticker or serve a three-day suspension.

Hyatt took the three-day suspension, and was fired at a human resources meeting several days later. He then filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and his attorney Stephen Mixon said the agency granted him the right to sue the company in August.

The lawsuit, which seeks punitive damages and back pay, said the company forced him into a terrible situation: Keep his job or "abandon his religious beliefs."

The company, now known as Berry Plastics Corp., did not return several calls and emails seeking comment. It has yet to respond to the complaint in court.

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JAP69Comment by JAP69 - November 19, 2011, 4:30 pm
If they enforce he had to wear the 666 an employer could force an emplyee to wear a sticker that says vote for ?????. Or a union could enforce the court ruling for their union members to wear tags for a specified purpose or be thrown out of the union losing your job.
Great country HUHHH.
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Comment by Starr920 - November 19, 2011, 4:48 pm
There are three sides to every story (this guy's, the company's and the truth) There has to be more to this story. This happened in Georgia aka the Bible Belt! Who knows - maybe the guy was a screw-up with a history of insubordination. One thing's for sure - If management at this Company is dumb enough to fire this guy just because he refused to wear a sticker, they deserve to be sued.

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JAP69Comment by JAP69 - November 19, 2011, 5:09 pm
Yep, Could be an out for the company to dismiss him. I worked at a factory that was union and seen the trouble that an emplyer had to get rid of a deadbeat.
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TenajComment by Tenaj - November 19, 2011, 5:22 pm
I had an idiocracy about playing 666 because of the Mark of the Beast until i hit it and it paid like the other numbers.
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rdgrnrComment by rdgrnr - November 19, 2011, 9:43 pm
It's open season on Christians lately.
They wouldn't dare pull a comparable stunt like that on a muslim.
This is what Democrats gone wild looks like.
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Comment by Starr920 - November 20, 2011, 1:40 am
Like I said earlier rdgnr - there has to be more to this story. It's can't just about a Christian being attacked for standing up for his beliefs. If that's the case, this Company might as well just hand Mr. Hyatt a big fat check and call it a day!

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