Walmart lets greeter say 'Have a Blessed Day'

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James Philips meant well when he said those words as a Walmart greeter in Georgia — but after one customer complained, the store told him to find another way to do his job.
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James Philips meant well when he said "have a blessed day" as a Walmart greeter in Georgia - but after one customer complained, the store told him to find another way to do his job.

He told WAGA, "They called me down and told me they had a complaint and they don't want me to say 'have a blessed day' anymore. If someone tells me 'have a blessed day' I can say, 'You too.' But they don't want me to say 'have a blessed day' to everybody that comes in because that one person got hurt over it."

But more people were hurt by what happened to Philips. When his story spread, pressure from the public and social media forced the store to stop censoring Phillips - who has been a greeter for several years.

Philips said, "I wasn't trying to start a movement, but I am very appreciative that people thought enough of me to stand up for me this way. I want to just be one of the best greeters I know how to be."

And a Walmart customer said, "I'm glad they made the right decision to support James and his well wishes for our community."

WAGA reports now his family is selling t-shirts that say 'have a blessed day' showing their support. But it's not the first time the phrase has caused such a stir at the workplace.

Last year, a bank teller in Kentucky claims she was fired from her job of 24 years after she told a customer to "have a blessed day."

"I say 'have a blessed day' all of the time. I don't think there's any better kind of day you can have than a blessed day."

She filed a lawsuit against U.S. Bank on the grounds that her termination was based on her religious beliefs.

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