A bad penny always comes up, but for a Georgia man, it was 91,515 of them.
Andreas Flaten left his job at A OK Walker Autoworks in Peachtree City in November, but getting his last paycheck wasn’t easy, Flaten told local media, even calling the Georgia Department of Labor.
Finally, on March 12, his $ 915 in salary arrived at his home in Fayetteville, more specifically, at his driveway, in the form of tens of thousands of cents.
To add insult to injury to the already toxic environment, the roughly 500 pound pennies had also been greased with motor oil, a toxic groundwater contaminant.
The dumpster also came with a note that said, simply, “Fuck off.”
The situation drew attention when Flaten’s girlfriend, Olivia Oxley, shared a video of the penny pile in an Instagram post describing the circumstances of her partner’s departure, including the detail that she had allegedly delivered “a written resignation letter “two weeks in advance.
“Those 2 weeks turned into 5 days,” he alleged, due to Walker’s harassment. “Miles Walker from A OK Walker Autoworks continued to be the a-hole that he is and making a normal work day hell, making unnecessary comments about my boyfriend’s daughter and just being an idiot.”
Oxley was also dismayed by his dedication to the prank, which required him to carry a quarter ton of coin. “I mean … couldn’t he have just peed on the check or something?” she wrote.
In an interview with CBS46 in Atlanta, Flaten claimed that his former manager of the “toxic” work environment was known for harassing his workers, including a former employee who claims the boss once stripped him in front of his colleagues.
When reporter Jamie Kennedy located the manic mechanic, he ignored him.
Get the shit off my property. And know that if someone goes to the extreme of making that kind of deal, there is a motivating factor, ”said the bitter boss.
“It doesn’t matter, they paid him, that’s all that matters. He’s a fucking dick for even mentioning it, ”she added.
“This is a childish thing,” Flaten later told Fox5. “I think it’s going to be a lot of work for the money I’ve already worked for.”
According to a Times investigation into the bizarre dispute, Flaten had decided to leave his position at A OK as he and his manager were in a dispute over his schedule, which required a stop-over time to pick up his son from daycare. After continually ignoring that promise, as well as a number of other heated exchanges in the middle, he told the Times that he has tendered his resignation.
Despite negative publicity, including a recent flurry of one-star reviews on Yelp, a receptionist at the auto shop told a Times reporter that the business had been booming.
Meanwhile, Flaten and Oxley still make their way through a barrow of copper coins, cleaning each penny by hand with an old rag. It takes about two hours to polish a $ 5 value.
And there is nothing they can do, according to US Department of Labor spokesman Eric R. Lucero, who told the Times: “There is nothing in the regulations that dictates in what currency the employee must be paid.” .