I used to work at a big blue box store known it's "low prices", was there for three years. By the time I left I had become a bitter asshole (side effect of being in retail too long for some people), but when I started I was the nicest six foot five behemoth you would ever meet.
Now I am an atheist living smack dab in the middle of the heavily Christian area of my state, never had much of a problem keeping to myself about my beliefs or lack thereof however you want to put it and I did my best to never get in anyone's face about their preaching. Now it's been a month since I started and I'm at the point where I'm super bored during every break, so I read a lot, probably three books a month, the book I'm reading at the time is Letter to a Christian Nation by Sam Harris.
I'm minding my own business, reading my book when one of the older cashiers walks by and sees my book and starts screaming at me how I shouldn't bring that Satanist trash to work and I need to put it away. I attempt to explain how she is mistaken (never works, older me wouldn't have even tried) and she screams that I'm creating a hostile work environment for believers by having that book. She walks out and I assume we're done with this.
Now at this point I would like to point out that our break room had a community book shelf in it. There were probably fifty books on it at the time around 20 of which were either heavily Christian themed or full out religious books and texts, there were three copies of the bible for fuck sakes. Associates forced to work Sundays could be heard praying loud enough to hear and a few times some of the older gals played a local church's broadcast of their sermon! All of this is important to know for the ruthlessness that happened when I got off my break.
As I clock in to resume work I get a prompt from the time clock to report to the store manager's office. Seeing as how I'm newer I freak out and practically sprint to the front of the store to the office, knock on the door and am greeted by the man himself, he smiles and asks me to come in and take a seat. I do and see the shift manager is there too, nothing is said for a solid minute before the store manager breaks the silence and asks me about the book.
B = store manager J= shift
B: So Ender, we had a report that you were reading some offensive material in the break room today.
Me: I want reading anything offensive, it was a book that I kept to myself and read silently during my lunch
J: Someone sad that the book you were reading offended them and they asked you to put it away. It's against company policy to disturb the break room. And we're going to have to give you a coaching and send you home for the day.
Me: For reading a book!?
B: For having an offensive book at work and causing a seen
Me: Really!? Because last time I checked there's bibles on the bookshelf, employees play church sermons every Sunday and more offensive to an atheist than me reading a book! The break room might as well be a church! And if you write me up, you're going to have to do so to about 15 other people because I will lodge a complaint as well!
B and J look at each other and cringe knowing that I stopped just short of saying I would call corporate as well.
B: We... we're not aware of this, and because of this we're not going to write you up and we will evaluate the policy of the break room. We would still like to send you home, but you will be paid for your full shift.
I come back two days later and the bookcase is gone, so is the radio, from now on all music must be listened to with headphones and all books must be kept in your pocket or bag when not on break. To this day I'm still the guy who "ruined it for everyone" even though I wouldn't have complained, if only one cashier could have minded her own business like everyone else.