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Eternal damnation or unemployment? A Georgia factory worker chose the latter.
Billy Hyatt was fired from a plastics factory job at Pliant Corp. after he refused to wear a sticker with 666, which boasted that the factory had been accident free for 666 days.
He believed the number would cause him to “accept the mark of the beast and be condemned to hell.”
He’s seeking punitive damages and back pay in a federal lawsuit.

Bill Hyatt, New York Post 80 Comments [11/28/2011 4:11:02 AM]
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Meishayuri

If he's this superstitious he should wear a horseshoe around his neck. I would pay at least $25 to watch what happens when he bends over...

11/28/2011 4:54:46 AM

Kurisu

Ok, that's dumb, but firing him seems really over the top.

11/28/2011 4:58:02 AM

jsonitsac

Exactly why did Pliant Corp fire this guy though? If he has an objection to wearing the sticker wouldn't the reasonable thing to do would have been to say okay come back tomorrow and you'll wear sticker 667?

11/28/2011 5:03:01 AM

Anky

The factory HAD to know 666 is offensive/spooky to some people. This seems immature on the factory's part.

11/28/2011 5:04:38 AM

Kulgur

I wonder if there's something to the story we haven't heard about yet. Because otherwise, he didn't deserve to be fired.

Not enough data to make an informed decision, though.

11/28/2011 5:05:09 AM

WWWWolf

OK, everybody, what was the Mark of the Beast for?

As I recall, in the Bible, it was supposedly about being allowed to buy and sell stuff. Not about having accident-free factories.

Hmm, maybe Christian eschatology desperately needs accident-free factories, and none of that trippy stuff no one seems to understand.

11/28/2011 5:07:23 AM

Godless heathen

Only one employee didn't want to wear a 666 sticker? I find that quite hard to believe if I'm honest. If the story is true, then I sympathise with the guy who got fired over it. I can respect someones beliefs as long as they show me the same courtesy and respect that I don't share them.

11/28/2011 5:14:02 AM

Mudak

I suspect his firing had other subtexts going on. I'm sure the factory wouldn't have any problems finding other workers who don't like the number, refused to wear it, and yet, miraculously, still have their jobs...

11/28/2011 5:18:56 AM

Percy Q. Shunn

Oh, Billy; couldn't you have just invoked the "power-of-christ" or some other horeshit too protect you from the evil demon corporate beast?

11/28/2011 5:19:28 AM

ueah

> The factory HAD to know 666 is offensive/spooky to some people. This seems immature on the factory's part.

ooh, yeeah. You used the letter "D" in your post. I think it's offensive; you had to know this. So i think i'm going to file a federal lawsuit.

11/28/2011 5:36:32 AM

Mister Spak

Yes because Satan prevents accidents.

11/28/2011 5:47:41 AM

Agahnim

He should be punished by having a ball and chain tied to his leg, with said ball and chain having "666" chiseled into it.

11/28/2011 5:48:24 AM

Doperwtje

This sounds weird. Guy doesn't want to wear a sticker so they fired him?

11/28/2011 5:49:40 AM

Matante

I'm with the majority here. This is no reason to fire someone, and if they already were going to fire him, they owe him to give him the real reasons.
Hope he wins in court, businesses shouldn't feel like they can fire someone over the pettiest disagreement.

11/28/2011 5:50:28 AM

MarylandBear

Agree with the above -- sounds like they were looking for an excuse to fire the guy.

11/28/2011 6:04:26 AM

Brendan Rizzo

Wouldn't the Mark of the Beast only be administered to people during the End Times; i.e. after the Rapture? So Hyatt evidently believes that he (as well as his entire congregation) missed the Rapture.

Though I do think that 666 is such an arbitrary number, and I have a feeling that they chose it specifically just to anger the fundies. I actually don't know if I can support such blatant trolling.

11/28/2011 6:10:01 AM

Thinking Allowed

I can't wait for this one to show up on Snopes.

11/28/2011 6:44:02 AM

Dr.Shrinker

So the factory bought stickers with 666 on them, distributed them, insisted employees wear them, apparently took the time to determine if everyone was wearing them, only to have the whole silly exercise become obsolete the following day.

I call baloney on the whole story. I say its a myth spread by the crowd that is desperately trying to prove that American Christians are being oppressed. Or else, its a rumor being spread by some wise guy who is trying to ridicule the latter group.

11/28/2011 6:55:07 AM

MarylandBear

@Brendan Rizzo

Wouldn't the Mark of the Beast only be administered to people during the End Times; i.e. after the Rapture? So Hyatt evidently believes that he (as well as his entire congregation) missed the Rapture.

Depends on his beliefs. Some Christians (the Rapture Ready crowd, for instance) believe in a "pre-Tribulation Rapture" -- that is, all believers get taken away before things get really really bad.

Others believe in a "post-Tribulation Rapture", or, less commonly, one that occurs mid-way through the seven year Tribulation.

If Hyatt was in the latter group, he didn't miss anything by his beliefs, but, again by his beliefs, would be sacrificing his chance of being Raptured if he wore the safe workplace sticker of the Beast.

Assuming that is his belief system, he's being logically consistent, though the basis of his logic is... somewhat debatable, to put it mildly.

11/28/2011 7:00:49 AM

Doubting Thomas

Oh Jesus Christ. It's just a number, people! And at the worst, you only would have to wear it for a day. Or if it bothers you that much, smash your hand with a hammer or something and reset the number back to 0.

11/28/2011 7:11:10 AM

MK

Undoubtedly more to this than what the New York Post reports.... they're not exactly prone to reporting inconvenient things like facts, truth, and actual evidence.

11/28/2011 7:42:44 AM

Anon-e-moose

"He believed the number would cause him to “accept the mark of the beast and be condemned to hell.”
He’s seeking punitive damages and back pay in a federal lawsuit."

And the company's lawyer is rubbing his hands in glee*, saying 'Easiest job ever! All I have to do is point out that said Number of the Beast is actually 616, and he'd already worn it previously. That dumbfuck fundie doesn't have a legal pot to piss in!' >:D

*- I must get a tin of that sometime. I hear it's better than Neutrogena or Swarfega. X3

11/28/2011 8:14:29 AM

checkmate

I've been waiting for this one to show up here. I saw the news reports about it, including a video with the employee in question.

The factory has a good record of work safety. All employees wear a sticker boasting the number of accident free days. It's part of the company uniform.

That number increments every day. The employee knew that day #666 was approaching. He made a big fuss ahead of time. "I refuse to wear the mark of the beast and have my soul go to eternal damnation."

I don't want to insult anybody from the South, but Southern accents tend to make people sound pretty dumb. This clown is no exception.

This guy is a complete loser. I can only guess that his refusal to wear that sticker for *one day* was only the last straw.

Go to CNN-online and watch the video. It's comical.

11/28/2011 8:15:35 AM

freako104

If this is true and that's a big if, then I sympathize with the man who was fired. He shouldn't have been forced to wear it and the factory overreacted.

11/28/2011 8:19:25 AM

Misterboston

I'll actually side WITH the guy on this one, flawed and ridiculous as his reasons may be. He shouldn't be forced to wear a sticker and certainly shouldn't be fired for refusing to. But common sense tells me this is NOT what he was fired for. Methinks there's more to this story.

11/28/2011 8:27:00 AM
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