“Have a blessed day,” Community protests after Walmart greeter told signature saying was not allowed
BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – When you walk into a Walmart store, you may be met by a greeter.
In Blue Ridge, Georgia, that greeter is James Phillips.
Phillips was known for greeting shoppers with a simple “Have a blessed day” as they walked into the store.
However, he was soon silenced when the company told him that his signature saying was not allowed.
Soon, the community became his mouthpiece.
“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,” Phillips said.
What Phillips was banned from saying, everyone else did.
After the community held a protest outside the store, Walmart caved.
“I’m glad they made the right decision to support James and his well wishes for our community,” said Crystal Ayres.
Walmart management released a statement, reversing its original decision.
“We greatly value our associates and appreciate his work for the company. He is welcome to continue sharing his greeting with our customers,” Erin Hofmann, a Walmart spokesperson said.
“My dad believes what he says, so let him say it,” said Michael Phillips.
James was flocked with supporters who not only showed up in person, but also took to Facebook and called Walmart’s corporate office by the hundreds.
“They tell me, some of them do, when I tell them, ‘Have a blessed day,’ they can be upset or mad and it goes away when I tell them that. So, that’s God working, not me,” Phillips said.
He ended up spending his lunch break with all the people who stood up for him.
“May you have a blessed day,” Phillips said.