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Bank Teller's 'Blessed Day' Leads to Her Firing (US Bank in Walton Kentucky)
CBN ^ | Tuesday, July 08, 2014 | CBNNews.com

Posted on 07/08/2014 3:58:25 AM PDT by xzins

A bank teller in Kentucky claims she was fired from her job for telling customers, "Have a blessed day."

Polly Neace wished customers at U.S. Bank in Walton, Kentucky, well with those words of blessing for more than two years.

She said she never had anyone complain about the saying, which she said she was inspired to adopt when someone said the phrase to her in 2009.

"I mean, in my opinion, I don't think there's any better way to have a blessed day," she explained in an interview with Fox News.

But Neace said she was told she could no longer say the phrase anymore and was later fired after working at the bank for 24 years.

Neace filed a lawsuit against her former employers saying she was discriminated against because of her religious beliefs.

But U.S. Bank disputes that claim.

The bank said that several customers had complained about Neace referencing the religious phrase.

It also claims that Neace asked a customer about taking the Lord's name in vain and proceeded to talk to that customer about salvation.

But Neace said that was an unrelated incident and that the customer didn't complain.

In a statement U.S. Bank said, "We hold our employees to high ethical standards when interacting with customers and co-workers...we believe that this lawsuit is without merit and the fact presented in future legal proceedings will justify our actions."

CBN News reached out to U.S. Bank for comment but our call was not returned at the time this article was published.


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Amazingly, US Bank admits this: The bank said that several customers had complained about Neace referencing the religious phrase.
1 posted on 07/08/2014 3:58:26 AM PDT by xzins
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Amazingly, US Bank admits this: The bank said that several customers had complained about Neace referencing the religious phrase.
2 posted on 07/08/2014 3:59:11 AM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: xzins

Would they fire a Muslim saying something similar, I wonder?


3 posted on 07/08/2014 4:01:00 AM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

Not unless they wanted their car bombed with them in it.


4 posted on 07/08/2014 4:02:33 AM PDT by Mouton (The insurrection laws perpetuate what we have for a government now.)
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To: xzins

Teller will be better off not working for that scum company.


5 posted on 07/08/2014 4:03:51 AM PDT by DeaconRed (Why would ANYBODY want to be President after the mess ZERO is leaving?)
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To: xzins

US Bank prefers tellers say, “Have a &%# day”.


6 posted on 07/08/2014 4:05:19 AM PDT by Flick Lives ("I can't believe it's not Fascism!")
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To: Olog-hai
Would they fire a Muslim saying something similar, I wonder?

If a customer came in and said "allah be damned!" to a filthy muzzie, rather than "G** d*****t!" to a Christian, CAIR would be all over it as hate speech and the bank would be suing the customer and freezing their accounts.

7 posted on 07/08/2014 4:05:32 AM PDT by Sirius Lee (All that is required for evil to advance is for government to do "something")
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To: xzins

Pull money.


8 posted on 07/08/2014 4:10:17 AM PDT by If You Want It Fixed - Fix It
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To: xzins

Rural Kentucky county and a small town at that? The firing could cost the bank a lot more customers than the two whom the bank said were offended.


9 posted on 07/08/2014 4:10:23 AM PDT by cva66snipe ((Two Choices left for U.S. One Nation Under GOD or One Nation Under Judgment? Which one say ye?))
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To: xzins

I think it is wonderful to hear the blessing.......UNTIL the person writing your paycheck says to stop. Once that happens, you stop. I really don’t have much sympathy for her.


10 posted on 07/08/2014 4:10:29 AM PDT by napscoordinator
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To: xzins

If 10% of the people who have accounts in that bank in that state close their accounts as a result of this incident, it will have a good effect. 40% would be better. But 10% is a reasonable possibility.


11 posted on 07/08/2014 4:12:34 AM PDT by samtheman
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To: xzins

Employees at McDonald’s often say have a blessed day where I live. I think it’s sweet. Why wouldn’t someone want to have a blessed day? I have had waiters and waitresses say God bless you. What a sick nation we have become when people can complain about someone telling them to have blessed day and cause someone to lose their job. I am ashamed of what America has become.

Has anyone read Todd Starnes’ book, God Less America? I am reading it now. I am familiar with a lot of the stories but there are so many more that I had never heard about. I believe Christianity will have to fight to survive in America.


12 posted on 07/08/2014 4:13:58 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: xzins

That’s the culture down there...as one poster has already pointed out — what about a Moslem wearing full on Islamic grab that belongs in the 7th century Arabia - what happens then...those people are bringing in their religion customs into the work place...

Everyone needs to start complaining about that when a Moslem walks around working at Wal-Mart with a head scarf wrapped around her head...like in Sterling, VA — say you are offended and point it out to ACLU...this “one sided” attack on Christian values has to be countered...


13 posted on 07/08/2014 4:18:24 AM PDT by BCW (Amazon Books: "Babylon's Covert War" - the Iraq conflict explained in detail - by JH White)
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To: napscoordinator
UNTIL the person writing your paycheck says to stop. Once that happens, you stop.

I disagree. We acknowledge our God and live that way. People should get over discriminating against religious people. "Have a blessed day" is not unheard of as a standard farewell.

14 posted on 07/08/2014 4:18:50 AM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: xzins
It boggles my mind that bank customers would actually take the trouble to file a complaint over something so benign. But then the world is filled with miserable old scowls with empty souls, who have nothing better to do than to try and ruin somebody else's day. They are hateful people who do not like it one bit that somebody else appears to have some happiness in their lives.

It used to be that society shunned and ridiculed them, like Miss Gulch in Wizard of Oz. Now for some reason, we have empowered them to destroy the lives of good people.


15 posted on 07/08/2014 4:20:35 AM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: SamAdams76

This is such an odd decision by a management group at a band that I wonder if customers really did complain. I can imagine an atheist/agnostic manager or just a mean sob manager who’s on a power trip being the actual source.


16 posted on 07/08/2014 4:23:09 AM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: napscoordinator

That figures. You usually have the most leftist-leaning opinion in every FR thread you populate. Around 99% on FR realize that this lady did nothing wrong.


17 posted on 07/08/2014 4:23:20 AM PDT by ohioman
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To: SamAdams76

This is such an odd decision by a management group at a BANK that I wonder if customers really did complain. I can imagine an atheist/agnostic manager or just a mean sob manager who’s on a power trip being the actual source.


18 posted on 07/08/2014 4:23:25 AM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: napscoordinator
I think it is wonderful to hear the blessing.......UNTIL the person writing your paycheck says to stop. Once that happens, you stop. I really don’t have much sympathy for her.

I do wonder then if the one writing the checks would erase GOD's name off of the currency given the customer as not to offend them?

19 posted on 07/08/2014 4:23:30 AM PDT by cva66snipe ((Two Choices left for U.S. One Nation Under GOD or One Nation Under Judgment? Which one say ye?))
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To: xzins

I;m guessing saying “peace be upon you” would be OK.


20 posted on 07/08/2014 4:25:26 AM PDT by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: napscoordinator

The bank has the right to determine whom they employ. Simple as that. I am a Christian and wish the sister all the very best.


21 posted on 07/08/2014 4:26:38 AM PDT by all the best
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To: napscoordinator

Self-evident, one would think. You do what hour boss tells you or seek employment elsewhere. That used to be a conservative principle.


22 posted on 07/08/2014 4:28:36 AM PDT by Wolfie
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To: xzins
"Have a blessed day" is not unheard of as a standard farewell.

I have never heard someone say it or even heard of it.

23 posted on 07/08/2014 4:29:46 AM PDT by Straight Vermonter (Posting from deep behind the Maple Curtain)
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To: xzins

“high ethical standards”
So now expressing a Christian sentiment is unethical?
You know these bastards would bow down and kiss the dirt around the feet of a member of the “religion of peace” if it started yelling “allaku akbar”.


24 posted on 07/08/2014 4:32:21 AM PDT by I want the USA back (Media: completely irresponsible. Complicit in the destruction of this country.)
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To: all the best; P-Marlowe

Actually, they don’t have the right to fire anyone they wish. It is against federal law to fire for discriminatory reasons. Religion is one of those illegal reasons to fire.


25 posted on 07/08/2014 4:33:40 AM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: xzins

I’ve been a US Bank customer for a number of years, they even carried my mortgage at one point. This is not the kind of publicity they want ... it will hurt them in Kentucky certainly and elsewhere as well.


26 posted on 07/08/2014 4:35:26 AM PDT by BluH2o
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To: xzins
Amazingly, US Bank admits this: The bank said that several customers had complained about Neace referencing the religious phrase.

The bank should be made to produce the "several customers" and to prove the damage that was done to these "several customers". Otherwise, the claim is hearsay.

27 posted on 07/08/2014 4:36:16 AM PDT by The_Media_never_lie (The media must be defeated any way it can be done.)
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To: Straight Vermonter
I have never heard someone say it or even heard of it.

I live just over an hour from Walton, and I hear it regularly. Also, "blessings", "God bless you". Very common.

28 posted on 07/08/2014 4:36:30 AM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: Straight Vermonter

It is a Southern thing.


29 posted on 07/08/2014 4:37:33 AM PDT by sport
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To: BluH2o

For this area, that is a terrible decision for US Bank.


30 posted on 07/08/2014 4:37:55 AM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: xzins

But Neace said she was told she could no longer say the phrase anymore and was later fired after working at the bank for 24 years.


This actually might be more of the reason than anything else. She could have been close to retirement and by firing her they won’t have to pay any retirement Bennies.

Also I have seen in myself and others that ‘habit patterns’ in speech do occur. ‘Have a blessed day’ might be one of her’s that she says unthinkingly to end a conversation.


31 posted on 07/08/2014 4:38:47 AM PDT by The Working Man
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To: xzins

If you would like to email them and tell them what you think:

https://www.usbank.com/emailus.html


32 posted on 07/08/2014 4:39:03 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: The Working Man

“Have a blessed day.” might work itself into a speech pattern. It’s actually a fairly innocuous statement. It hardly can be characterized as raving, snake-handling fanaticism.


33 posted on 07/08/2014 4:41:42 AM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: ilovesarah2012

Thanks, Sarah. They do need to hear. It’s a really dumb decision.


34 posted on 07/08/2014 4:42:35 AM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: The Working Man

Retirement bennies....that’s definitely worth checking out. That would put it at the level of age discrimination, too.


35 posted on 07/08/2014 4:43:32 AM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: xzins

If I had an account with any US Bank in America, I would change banks and inform the branch manager in person of my reason for doing so.


36 posted on 07/08/2014 4:45:22 AM PDT by sport
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I think it is wonderful to hear the blessing.......UNTIL the person writing your paycheck says to stop. Once that happens, you stop. I really don’t have much sympathy for her.

Until the corporation or government giving you mammon tells you to affirmatively support the President and homosexual marriage; for example, you have to serve a couple of men who refer to themselves as Mr. And Mrs., and your company or government requires you to call them "Mr. And Mrs." out of respect for their abomination. What are you going to say then, and what will happen to your family ?

I sympathize with her and hopes she wins, for all our sakes.

37 posted on 07/08/2014 4:47:34 AM PDT by af_vet_1981 (The bus came by and I got on, That's when it all began)
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To: xzins

Rights and federal law are two very different things. Yes, I support property rights. That is , the rights of people to their property and the control thereof. Do not expect me to go along with the liberal nondiscrimination nonsense. It is the right of a business owner to decide whom they will employ and deal with. There choices may be wrong and ill informed. Free and voluntary association is the foundation if a just and workable society.


38 posted on 07/08/2014 4:48:12 AM PDT by all the best
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To: all the best

Unless the government orders you to bake a cake for a homosexual wedding. Other than that, let corporations do what they want, right?


39 posted on 07/08/2014 4:50:56 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: sport

I agree. I don’t bank there, but would change if I did. I’m actually changing shortly from my denomination’s credit union over a disagreement. Going with a local rural banking group of about half a dozen banks.


40 posted on 07/08/2014 4:51:45 AM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: xzins

I am an atheist (well, a devout agnostic really, atheists have way too much certainty for my taste). My response to “have a blessed day” is invariably “And you.” I find the blessing charming and much more heartfelt than the insipid “have a nice day.”


41 posted on 07/08/2014 4:53:16 AM PDT by Mycroft Holmes (The fool is always greater than the proof.)
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To: ohioman
Around 99% on FR realize that this lady did nothing wrong.

Well, if the bank had told her not to use that phrase, she certainly should have expected to be fired. The bank was well within its rights to tell its employees what to say or not say. However, it's also in my rights as a consumer not to use that bank if I disagree with its restrictive policy.

For the record, I don't actually believe there were legitimate complaints. I think the bank is making that part up.

42 posted on 07/08/2014 4:53:29 AM PDT by old and tired
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To: all the best

Any ethical discussion of rights includes the provision that there is no right to simply harm another person.


43 posted on 07/08/2014 4:53:59 AM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: old and tired

As pointed out, the bank is contrary to federal law when it discriminates on the basis of age, sex, RELIGION, etc.

So, there is no right to harm.


44 posted on 07/08/2014 4:55:34 AM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: ilovesarah2012

I find it rather disheartening that “conservatives” argue that the federal government has the right to tell businesses who they should employ. I think it’s time for all of us to throw in the towel and bow at the Obama altar. Did not say that corporations should be able to do whatever they want. No violence or coercion.


45 posted on 07/08/2014 4:56:47 AM PDT by all the best
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What will be the next “offensive phrase” to be eradicated?

Forbidding “Honey” and “Ma'am” at southern restaurants?

Saying “Blessed Day” in rural Kentucky is no different than “Bless You” after a sneeze.

Especially for folks over 50.

It is to be taken as a sign of respect.

46 posted on 07/08/2014 4:57:22 AM PDT by texas booster (Join FreeRepublic's Folding@Home team (Team # 36120) Cure Alzheimer's!)
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To: all the best
I find it rather disheartening that “conservatives” argue that the federal government has the right to tell businesses who they should employ.

Me too.

47 posted on 07/08/2014 4:58:06 AM PDT by old and tired
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To: Straight Vermonter
I have never heard someone say it or even heard of it.

I guess you've never been in the south then. It's quite common here. I say it all the time.

48 posted on 07/08/2014 5:00:27 AM PDT by 2nd amendment mama ( www.2asisters.org | Self defense is a basic human right!)
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To: BCW

>>That’s the culture down there...<<

True enough, but there seems to be a big-city influence (Cincinnati) in the manager’s decision.

If this had taken place at a bank anywhere outside of a major city in this area, no one would have batted an eye.


49 posted on 07/08/2014 5:02:51 AM PDT by ItsOurTimeNow ("Scheming demons dressed in kingly guise, beating down the multitudes and scoffing at the wise.")
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To: all the best

Actually the federal government didn’t have anything to do with this. Someone at the bank where this woman was employed for 24 years fired her because someone allegedly complained she said “have a blessed day”. Unless she belongs to a union, the employer has the right to terminate her for whatever reason or for no reason. However, we know why she was terminated. Hopefully she will argue age discrimination and get a few million dollars.

And the federal government does tell businesses who to employ.

KAGAN: GOVERNMENT HAS RIGHT TO TELL EMPLOYERS WHO TO HIRE AND FIRE

http://www.infowars.com/kagan-government-has-right-to-tell-employers-who-to-hire-and-fire/


50 posted on 07/08/2014 5:02:56 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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