New Jersey Toll Collector Says She Was Told To Stop Saying ‘God Bless You’ To Drivers

A toll collector in New Jersey is alleging that she was told to stop saying ‘God bless you’ to drivers who passed by her booth because some might find it offensive. Cynthia Fernandez, 34, worked as a temporary toll booth worker on the Garden State Parkway—that is, until she quit her job on Sunday. Fernandez told CBS New York this week that she used to say “Have a good day” and “God bless you” to drivers as they left, but her employer, Henry Lee, asked her to stop mentioning God . “[My boss] told me he wanted to talk to me, that I couldn’t say ‘God bless you’ anymore to customers because somebody might get offended,” she explained. While Lee decline to speak with reporters, a spokesperson for Garden State Parkway told CBS that there is nothing in the company policy that prohibits Fernandez from using the phrase. Fernandez agreed. “It does say, ‘Provide customer service, smile.’ It does say all that,” Fernandez concurred. “But it does not say in any line, ‘Do not say, ‘God bless you.’” But David Muscato of the New Jersey-based American Atheists said that the toll worker’s speech might pose a constitutional issue.

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