|"Nope, these numbers won't freak anybody out..."|
A former factory worker in Georgia has filed a law suit in Federal Court after he says he was fired from his job for refusing to wear a sticker marked with the number 666 based on religious grounds.
The man, Billy E. Hyatt, claims the Pilant Corp. plastics manufacturing plant demanded that he wear a sticker emblazoned with the numbers, which represented the number of days the plant had been free of any accidents. Hyatt refused, stating that the triple digits are well-known to be associated with the anti-Christ and are referred to in the Bible as "the Mark of the Beast" in the apocalyptic Revelations, preceding the end-of-the-world events known as Armageddon. (Seeing that the factory is located in the Bible Belt, I think they should have been well aware of this tiny tidbit of basic knowledge.) With the world unraveling like a giant spool of yarn and growing more frightening and bizarre by the second, I can definitely understand his reservations.
When Wyatt refused to wear the sticker for fear that his soul would be damned to spend eternity in Hell, he was told by his supervisors that his beliefs were "ridiculous" and was given a three-day suspension. Hyatt took the suspension only to be fired by the plant's Human Resources department upon his return. The lawsuit, which seeks an undisclosed amount in punitive damages and back pay, said the company forced him into a terrible situation: Keep his job or "abandon his religious beliefs." Which is, you know, kind of illegal...