Public pressure and strong support on social media have forced Walmart in Blue Ridge to do an about-face on censoring one of their long-time greeters.
James Philips is the first person people see when they walk into Walmart and he has always greeted them with "Have a blessed day" until someone complained and he was silenced.
When Philips was told that as a Walmart employee he could not greet people with the phrase, 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,” said Philips. “I want to just be one of the best greeters I know how to be.”
After a public outcry over the decision, Walmart caved.
“I'm glad they made the right decision to support James and his well wishes for our community,” supporter Crystal Ayres said.