Tollbooth worker says she was ordered to stop saying ‘God Bless You’ or be fired

A New Jersey tollbooth worker has accused her supervisor of threatening to fire her if she didn’t stop saying “God bless you” to motorists

Rather than comply, Cynthia Fernandez quit. She has since filed a lawsuit alleging her First Amendment right to free speech was violated, CBS New York reported.

Cynthia FernandezFernandez had been working at the booth for about three weeks when she was told to stop using the “God bless” greeting. The demand, she said, came as a shock.

“The handbook says no phones, no foul language, no radios,” she said. “Not one line says, ‘Do not say God bless.’”

Motorists seemed to like the sentiment, she said.

“People would tell me I’m the friendliest tollbooth worker they’ve met,” she told CBS New York.

A Garden State Parkway spokesperson said Fernandez resigned because she wanted a steady shift and made no mention of her supervisor’s demands.

Fernandez explained that her boss told her to write a resignation letter that merely included the last day she planned to work.

“So my resignation letter I gave him was exactly what he told me to write,” she said.

Garden State Parkway officials said they have no policy banning the phrase, “God bless you,” according to CBS New York.

Carmine Sabia

Carmine Sabia

Carmine Sabia Jr started his own professional wrestling business at age 18 and went on to become a real estate investor. Currently he is a pundit who covers political news and current events.
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8 thoughts on “Tollbooth worker says she was ordered to stop saying ‘God Bless You’ or be fired

  1. Sandy says:

    If I was her I’d say so fire me I can’t stop living what I believe. But anyway it’s done now. Believers will have to choose who they’ll serve.

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  2. Robert Beers says:

    New Jersey, nuff said.

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    If democrats are willing to force you to buy health insurance, is there anything they aren’t willing to force you to do?

  4. Carrie Barton says:

    How funny , she says “God Bless” to her patrons and F U to her employer. LOL

    Way to stand up for your rights.

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  5. A Freespeechzone says:

    I always enjoy traveling in Texas, most places I visit and patronize on my business trips wish me a ‘Blessed Day’, which does NOT offend me whatsoever.

  6. B22 says:

    Why does a toll booth operator have to say anything to motorists? If she worked a grand total of three weeks, maybe that lawsuit was on her mind from day one…

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