Gobbell gave this account:If what she is saying is true, she has joined ranks with other victims of politically-inspired personnel policy by some in the private sector. I have previously commented on Glen Hiller who lost his job under similar circumstances. We as a society need to find a way to express our solidarity with people who lose their source of income for merely excercising their inalienable civil rights. A financial support infrastructure for such people is the first thing that comes to my mind. Any other ideas, anybody?
"We were going back to work from break, and my manager told me that Phil [Phil Gaddis, Gobell's employer] said to remove the sticker off my car or I was fired," she said. "I told him that Phil couldn't tell me who to vote for. He said, 'Go tell him.'
She went to Gaddis' office, knocked on the door and entered on his orders.
"Phil and another man who works there were there," she said. "I asked him if he said to remove the sticker and he said, 'Yes, I did.' I told him he couldn't tell me who to vote for. When I told him that, he told me, 'I own this place.' I told him he still couldn't tell me who to vote for."
Gobbell said Gaddis told her to "get out of here."
"I asked him if I was fired and he told me he was thinking about it," she said. "I said, 'Well, am I fired?' He hollered and said, 'Get out of here and shut the door.'
She said her manager was standing in another room and she asked him if that meant for her to go back to work or go home. The manager told her to go back to work, but he came back a few minutes later and said, " 'I reckon you're fired. You could either work for him or John Kerry,' " Gobbell said.
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Monday, September 13, 2004
Lynne Gobbell: Another Victim of The Struggle for Democracy in The US?
Lynne Gobbell of Moulton, Alabama claims to have been fired for displaying a Kerry/Edwards campaign sticker on her car.