Skip to comments.Lawsuit: Man fired for not wearing "666" sticker
Posted on 11/19/2011 12:14:24 PM PST by thackney
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 damnation.
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.
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Doesn’t ring true. The only reason they fired him is because on one day, and with a reasonable explanation, he refused to wear a sticker?
those would sell well on Ebay.
take the day off??
I heard good advice from preacher about not being superstitious about 666. He said he’d be glad to accept a donation to his ministry for $666.
Firing him was really dumb, even if one of the managers didn’t say it was OK, earlier. How to make your company unpopular in one easy lesson. And for what?
Approximate number of the Beast
Roman numeral of the Beast
Number of the High Precision Beast
Number of the Millibeast
25.806975801127880315188420605149 Square Root of the Beast! 999 - Upside down Beast Six Six Six Sigma Total Quality Management program of the Beast Beast Common Denominator
(-666) ^ (1/2) Imaginary number of the Beast
Floating point Beast
Binary of the Beast
6, uh... what was that number again?
Number of the Blonde Beast
Area code of the Beast
Zip code of the Beast
The speed limit of the Beast
Retail price of the Beast
Price of the Beast plus 5% state sales tax
Price of the Beast with all accessories and replacement soul
Walmart price of the Beast
Next week's Walmart price of the Beast
Gasoline of the Beast
Highway of the Beast
Oven temperature for roast Beast
Retirement plan of the Beast
Recommended Minimum Daily Requirement of Beast
5 year CD interest rate at First Beast of Hell National Bank, $666 minimum deposit.
Beast's lawyer's billing rate
Spreadsheet of the Beast
Word Processor of the Beast
CPU of the Beast
BMW of the Beast
Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the Beast
1232 Octal, Apt. 29A
Beast's hexed address
Next-door neighbor of the Beast
The Number of the Beast on a Pentium
I refused to wear an EARTH DAY button years ago. Nothing was done about it.
I once had time card number 665 and they apparently skipped 666 because the next hire had card number 667.
He WAS non com pliant.
Years ago a guy in Michigan sued ( and won ) the state over being required to wear a hunting license ‘back tag’ while hunting. He argued that it was like the Nazis putting a tattoo on Jews.
Today what was once common in many states, wearing a hunting ‘back tag’ isn't required in any state I know of.
In Michigan at least, you can't be required to accept a license plate for your car with the number 666 in it anywhere.
The guy wins big on this one.
I always wondered what that scene was really all about.
Why didn’t they wait another day and use 667 stickers?
What possessed these people to celebrate that particular day?
The sticker actually said 999. All it takes is a change of point of view
The boss was likely some godless liberal Ahole that liked throwing his weight around.
Wait...there's a factory in Georgia?
I thought nothing was manufactured in the US anymore.
Dalton IS the buckle of the bible belt. I did 15 years there.
A jury would be on his side.
Would he prefer a severance with pension for not doing as directed?
Quit then for crying out loud!
No friggin wonder attorneys run the country these days.
The Current FReepathon Pays For The Current Quarters Expenses?
He needs to show more team spirit.
He probably doesn’t know the company song either.
He could have worn it upside down and said he is a Herman Cain supporter
Amazed that employers ever hire anybody with all the PC, superstition and idiocy they have to put up with.
You forgot Bachmann’s “999 upside down” remark.
ROTFLOL You are totally doomed, dewd!
He should have asked them for a new one the next day.
He won't own squat. That's the downside of living in a right-to-work state. They don't even have to give a reason but not wearing a sticker is reason enough.
This guy is clearly half retarded. I’m sure they’ve been looking for a reason to fire him for a long time.
Several aspects of this story don’t make sense to me.
1.) they print out stickers every day to mark how many days without an accident they had? Maybe thy make stickers as part of their daily manufacturing process and the safety stickers are a convenient way to test the calibration of the machines, but this just seems wasteful. A dry erase board on the production floor would be far more efficient.
2.) This guy couldn’t just call out sick or take vacation that day?
3.) The guy actually had such strong superstitions that he believed biblical prophecy was written specifically to predict the eternal damnation of a plastics factory workforce in northern Georgia many hundreds of years in the future.
4.) The plastics company is now known by a new name, and there was a two year gap between the firing and the lawsuit. Maybe it takes that long to get through all the red tape to sue for wrongful termination (hopefully I’ll never find out), but maybe... just maybe, this is an effort to squeeze the new management for some quick cash.
I’d bet that it’s much more likely the guy had more problems at work than his wearing or not wearing a sticker. If he were to truly believe the sticker equated to damnation and voiced his concerns to management repeatedly, he was probably becoming a safety concern who could reasonably be expected to sabotage equipment and endanger peoples’ lives.
Employers should leave it at placing signs in the workplace.
Insisting workers wear stickers is just juvenile.
In this case, LOL isn’t just a figure of internet speech: I really am laughing out loud.
So is a Christian with those sort of suuperstitions.
Now compare that to the "Allah" written in Arabic and add the Crossed Swords of the Muslim Brotherhood...
Sorry to nitpick an otherwise great list, but that one should be 6.66 e2.
This story smells funny
They actually print new stickers for every day?
or buy them numbered by day?
the whole thing seems...too “cooincidentalish”
There is a 'famous' commercial building on Chicago's Lakeshore Drive which had a legal address of '666', but the owners, bigshots in Chi real estate, asked for, and had changed, the address to '668'.
As I recall they couldn't get tenants with the '666' and were losing millions with an almost empty building. But after the change to '668', things immediately changed and tenants filled the building.
It's like having no 13th Floor in Hotels and some Condos and Commercial hi-rises. You go from 12 to 14 with the elevator buttons. The 14th Floor is really the 13th but people don't think of it that way. '666' is the same thing.
I'm having a brain freeze on the name of that building. Maybe the 'Furniture Mart'? Something like that.
WOuldn’t the sticker be 667 the next day? Couldn’t he just skip one day?
Not in my calculator.
Revelation is a book addressed to the seven churches of Asia, not to people in the 20th Century. It's in the canon for our benefit, but the events included in the book were those soon to occur to those 1st Century Asia Minor saints.
I saw that somewhere else before. Sounds interesting.
Wait...there's a factory in Georgia?
I thought nothing was manufactured in the US anymore.
Hey, I work in HR for a manufacturer in the US! We do exist, not all of us are union shops and we actually make stuff and employ real Americans! : ) ,
And as someone in HR; Im smelling some major BS here.
Unless the company had a written policy stating that all workers must wear the stick every day noting the number of days the factory was accident free and stated that not doing so was cause for termination; Id find it very hard to believe that someone would be fired over just that especially given the hyper PC stuff we in HR have to deal with on a daily basis. And even presuming Billy E. Hyatt gave a basis for his objection to wearing it on religious grounds.
And even if Billy was in violation of company policy for not wearing some sticker, which would be a very stupid policy IMO, I doubt hed be fired over a first offence of company policy. Typically there is a procedure for giving at least one written warning prior to termination unless this companys HR department is totally inept and not aware of labor laws.
More likely Billy has been written up numerous times for things not at all related to the Number of the Beast and this was an excuse to finally get rid of him. Or that Billys termination had nothing at all to do with his not wearing the sticker, but for other more serious reasons and Billy is just using this as an excuse for an unemployment or wrongful termination claim.
Having attended many unemployment hearings, you cant believe some of the things Ive heard over the years.
LOL! Okay, what number are ya givin’ to the Hildabeast?!
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