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Lawsuit: Man fired for not wearing "666" sticker
CBS News ^ | November 18, 2011 | AP

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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He would have been better of to stage his own accident.
1 posted on 11/19/2011 12:14:25 PM PST by thackney
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To: thackney

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?


2 posted on 11/19/2011 12:16:31 PM PST by SuzyQue
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To: thackney

those would sell well on Ebay.


3 posted on 11/19/2011 12:18:04 PM PST by RitchieAprile
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To: thackney

take the day off??


4 posted on 11/19/2011 12:19:36 PM PST by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: thackney

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.


5 posted on 11/19/2011 12:20:20 PM PST by TLOne (All terrorists want is for us to bow and worship their god. Oh, and to let them rule.)
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To: thackney

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?


6 posted on 11/19/2011 12:21:02 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius.2)
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To: RitchieAprile
OK, we all know that 666 is the Number of the Beast.
But did you know about:

660
Approximate number of the Beast

DCLXVI
Roman numeral of the Beast

666.0000
Number of the High Precision Beast

0.666
Number of the Millibeast

/ 666
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

6.66 e3
Floating point Beast

1010011010
Binary of the Beast

6, uh... what was that number again?
Number of the Blonde Beast

1-666
Area code of the Beast

00666
Zip code of the Beast

666mph
The speed limit of the Beast

$665.95
Retail price of the Beast

$699.25
Price of the Beast plus 5% state sales tax

$769.95
Price of the Beast with all accessories and replacement soul

$656.66
Walmart price of the Beast

$646.66
Next week's Walmart price of the Beast

Phillips 666
Gasoline of the Beast

Route 666
Highway of the Beast

666 F
Oven temperature for roast Beast

666k
Retirement plan of the Beast

666 mg
Recommended Minimum Daily Requirement of Beast

6.66 %
5 year CD interest rate at First Beast of Hell National Bank, $666 minimum deposit.

$666/hr
Beast's lawyer's billing rate

Lotus 6-6-6
Spreadsheet of the Beast

Word 6.66
Word Processor of the Beast

i66686
CPU of the Beast

666i
BMW of the Beast

DSM-666 (revised)
Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the Beast

1232 Octal, Apt. 29A
Beast's hexed address

668
Next-door neighbor of the Beast

333
The semi-Christ

665.9997856
The Number of the Beast on a Pentium

7 posted on 11/19/2011 12:22:52 PM PST by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: thackney

BFL


8 posted on 11/19/2011 12:23:37 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: thackney

I refused to wear an EARTH DAY button years ago. Nothing was done about it.


9 posted on 11/19/2011 12:27:21 PM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar
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To: thackney

I once had time card number 665 and they apparently skipped 666 because the next hire had card number 667.


10 posted on 11/19/2011 12:27:30 PM PST by cripplecreek (Stand with courage or shut up and do as you're told.)
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To: thackney

“Pliant Corp”

He WAS non com pliant.


11 posted on 11/19/2011 12:28:23 PM PST by Winstons Julia (Hello OWS? We don't need a revolution like China's; China needs a revolution like OURS.)
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To: thackney
The guy will wind up owning that company.

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.

12 posted on 11/19/2011 12:32:28 PM PST by Beagle8U (Free Republic -- One stop shopping ....... It's the Conservative Super WalMart for news .)
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To: thackney
"Just one word -- 'plastics.'"

I always wondered what that scene was really all about.

13 posted on 11/19/2011 12:32:37 PM PST by x
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To: thackney

Why didn’t they wait another day and use 667 stickers?

What possessed these people to celebrate that particular day?


14 posted on 11/19/2011 12:33:09 PM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: thackney

The sticker actually said 999. All it takes is a change of point of view


15 posted on 11/19/2011 12:34:59 PM PST by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 ..... Crucifixion is coming)
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To: GeronL

The boss was likely some godless liberal Ahole that liked throwing his weight around.


16 posted on 11/19/2011 12:37:02 PM PST by Beagle8U (Free Republic -- One stop shopping ....... It's the Conservative Super WalMart for news .)
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To: thackney
A Georgia factory worker...

Wait...there's a factory in Georgia?
I thought nothing was manufactured in the US anymore.

17 posted on 11/19/2011 12:37:25 PM PST by stormhill
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To: GeronL

What possessed

or who?


18 posted on 11/19/2011 12:39:23 PM PST by RitchieAprile
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To: thackney
Dalton? Plastics?

Japanese.

Dalton IS the buckle of the bible belt. I did 15 years there.

A jury would be on his side.

19 posted on 11/19/2011 12:41:02 PM PST by Glenn (iamtheresistance.org)
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To: 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.

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.

20 posted on 11/19/2011 12:41:28 PM PST by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: stormhill
Wait...there's a factory in Georgia?

You are kidding, right?

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21 posted on 11/19/2011 12:44:55 PM PST by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: billorites
tooo funny...
22 posted on 11/19/2011 12:45:29 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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Did You Know?

The Current FReepathon Pays For The Current Quarters Expenses?

Now That You Do, Donate And Keep FR Running


23 posted on 11/19/2011 12:51:49 PM PST by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are here! What will you do?)
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To: thackney

He needs to show more team spirit.

He probably doesn’t know the company song either.


25 posted on 11/19/2011 1:00:36 PM PST by marron
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To: thackney
One of the comments from the comment section:

He could have worn it upside down and said he is a Herman Cain supporter

26 posted on 11/19/2011 1:03:35 PM PST by TaxPayer2000
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To: thackney

Amazed that employers ever hire anybody with all the PC, superstition and idiocy they have to put up with.


27 posted on 11/19/2011 1:08:17 PM PST by morphing libertarian
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To: billorites
666
A favorite of dyslexics
28 posted on 11/19/2011 1:08:46 PM PST by Ken H (Austerity is the irresistible force. Entitlements are the immovable object.)
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To: billorites

LOL


29 posted on 11/19/2011 1:15:19 PM PST by TASMANIANRED (We kneel to no prince but the Prince of Peace)
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To: billorites

You forgot Bachmann’s “999 upside down” remark.


30 posted on 11/19/2011 1:15:43 PM PST by newzjunkey (Republicans will find a way to reelect Obama and Speaker Pelosi.)
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To: billorites

ROTFLOL You are totally doomed, dewd!


31 posted on 11/19/2011 1:15:55 PM PST by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: thackney

He should have asked them for a new one the next day.


32 posted on 11/19/2011 1:21:48 PM PST by Iron Munro (Ben Raines For President)
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To: Beagle8U
The guy will wind up owning that company.

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.

33 posted on 11/19/2011 1:24:12 PM PST by Oshkalaboomboom
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To: thackney

This guy is clearly half retarded. I’m sure they’ve been looking for a reason to fire him for a long time.


34 posted on 11/19/2011 1:24:43 PM PST by LanaTurnerOverdrive ("I've done a lot of things in my life that I'm not proud of. And the things I am proud of are disgus)
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To: thackney

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.


35 posted on 11/19/2011 1:25:16 PM PST by jz638
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To: thackney

Employers should leave it at placing signs in the workplace.

Insisting workers wear stickers is just juvenile.


36 posted on 11/19/2011 1:29:05 PM PST by G Larry (Catholic Conservative Supporting Israel!)
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To: Slings and Arrows

In this case, LOL isn’t just a figure of internet speech: I really am laughing out loud.


37 posted on 11/19/2011 1:31:56 PM PST by ottbmare (off-the-track Thoroughbred mare)
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To: G Larry
Insisting workers wear stickers is just juvenile.

So is a Christian with those sort of suuperstitions.

38 posted on 11/19/2011 1:36:37 PM PST by GingisK
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To: F15Eagle
Actually, the John wrote Revelation in Greek (Koine), so what he saw and wrote was "chi xi stigma" instead of 666.

Now compare that to the "Allah" written in Arabic and add the Crossed Swords of the Muslim Brotherhood...


39 posted on 11/19/2011 1:38:03 PM PST by RoosterRedux
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To: billorites
6.66 e3 Floating point Beast

Sorry to nitpick an otherwise great list, but that one should be 6.66 e2.

40 posted on 11/19/2011 1:48:22 PM PST by Bob
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To: thackney

This story smells funny

They actually print new stickers for every day?

or buy them numbered by day?


41 posted on 11/19/2011 1:48:58 PM PST by Mr. K (Physically unable to proofreed <--- oops, see?)
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To: thackney

the whole thing seems...too “cooincidentalish”


43 posted on 11/19/2011 2:00:40 PM PST by gunnyg ("A Constitution changed from Freedom, can never be restored; Liberty, once lost, is lost forever...)
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To: thackney
I can't say I blame him. '666' is bad news (luck?) and not just for devout Christians.

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.

44 posted on 11/19/2011 2:11:21 PM PST by Condor51 (Yo Hoffa, so you want to 'take out conservatives'. Well okay Jr - I'm your Huckleberry)
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To: thackney

WOuldn’t the sticker be 667 the next day? Couldn’t he just skip one day?


45 posted on 11/19/2011 2:14:08 PM PST by jocon307
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WOuldn’t the sticker be 667 the next day?

Not in my calculator.

46 posted on 11/19/2011 2:17:44 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: thackney
I've heard speculation that the mark of the beast was a feature of emperor worship in the days of the caesar Domitian, "the beast", in Asia Minor. To buy and sell, to be able to provide for the means of life, a person had to take part in the state religion of emperor worship where they received a mark allowing them to trade. A Christian could not take part and be faithful to God. That ties in with what is written in the first chaptera of the book addressed to the seven churches of Asia.

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.

47 posted on 11/19/2011 2:21:54 PM PST by Colonel Kangaroo
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To: RoosterRedux

I saw that somewhere else before. Sounds interesting.


48 posted on 11/19/2011 2:30:32 PM PST by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis (Want to make $$$? It's easy! Pimp your blog for hits on Free Republic!)
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To: stormhill; thackney
A Georgia factory worker...

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; I’m 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; I’d 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 he’d 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 company’s 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 Billy’s 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 can’t believe some of the things I’ve heard over the years.

49 posted on 11/19/2011 2:36:14 PM PST by MD Expat in PA
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To: billorites

LOL! Okay, what number are ya givin’ to the Hildabeast?!


50 posted on 11/19/2011 2:36:51 PM PST by bobby.223
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