Community Rallies Behind Walmart Greeter Who Offended Customer By Telling Him To ‘Have A Blessed Day’ [Video]

What the heck is wrong with Walmart these days? Sam Walton must be rolling in his grave. Since he passed, the company has groveled cravenly before Obama. They’ve supported Obamacare and seem to be more and more anti-Christian. Some atheist or Christian basher calls in and complains because James Philips is greeting people with ‘have a blessed day.’ The horror! And of course, because of ONE call, Walmart caves and tells him to quit saying that. Ah, but the wonders of modern social media kicked them in their butt, didn’t it? Thousands voiced their displeasure with the retail giant in Georgia and they couldn’t wait to backtrack. But they didn’t issue an apology exactly. To me it sounded more like weasel corporate speak, saying that shoppers have won – for now.

From Opposing Views:

Walmart employee James Philips works as a greeter with the Walmart store in Blue Ridge, Georgia. He enjoys greeting customers by telling them to ‘have a blessed day,’ and had done so for years. But when one customer complained, Philips was instructed not to use that expression anymore.

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In response, supporters flocked to social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter to express their anger toward Walmart and support for Philips. ABC13 even reports that hundreds of fans took trips to Philips’ Walmart store to meet him in person. “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,” he tells WSBTV.

As Philips’ story gained media attention, the Blue Ridge community rallied around the Walmart greeter and took a stand against Walmart. The overwhelming public support for Philips forced Walmart to ‘cave,’ as WSBTV reported, and the mega store decided to allow Philips to begin using the phrase again.

In an attempt to explain its change of heart regarding its decision toward Philips, Walmart published a statement: “We greatly value our associates and appreciate his work of the company. He is welcome to continue sharing his greeting with our customers.”

Philips supporter, Crystal Ayres, tells WSBTV, “I’m glad they made the right decision to support James and his well wishes for our community.”

Michael, Philips’ son, says his dad believes in what he is saying. Philips claims customers say they are put in a better mood when they hear him speak the words ‘have a blessed day.’ But Philips doesn’t claim responsibility. He tells WSBTV, “that’s God working, not me.”

James Philips is a good, humble man who is trying to be the very best at what he does currently. He was genuinely choked up when so many came to his defense. Being the good Christian he is, he gave the glory to God. Walmart started out in Arkansas – Walton was born in Oklahoma – and it was a Christian based business. My, how things have changed in America. James is a blessed man himself… Walmart, I’m no longer so sure about.

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Terresa Monroe-Hamilton

Terresa Monroe-Hamilton is an editor and writer for Right Wing News. She owns and blogs at NoisyRoom.net. She is a Constitutional Conservative and NoisyRoom focuses on political and national issues of interest to the American public. Terresa is the editor at Trevor Loudon's site, New Zeal - trevorloudon.com. She also does research at KeyWiki.org. You can email Terresa here. NoisyRoom can be found on Facebook and on Twitter.

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