ATLANTA (AP) – A Georgia man said his former employer owed him a penny, $ 915 to be exact, after leaving his job in November.
But Andreas Flaten said he was surprised to see his final payment – 90,000 cents covered in oil or grease – at the end of his driveway earlier this month, media reported. On top of the pile was an envelope with Flaten’s latest pay stub and an explicit goodbye message.
“This is childish,” Flaten said.
Flaten said he left his job at A OK Walker Autoworks of Peachtree City in November. He said he was owed the last check and was having a hard time getting it, even turning to the Georgia Department of Labor for help.
In mid-March, Flaten said that as he was leaving his house with his girlfriend, he noticed the pile at the end of his driveway. He said the pennies were covered with some kind of oily substance.
Now his nightly routine consists of cleaning the pennies so that he can collect them. He said it took him about an hour and a half to clean several hundred.
“I think it’s going to be a lot of work for the money I’ve already worked for,” he said. “It’s definitely not fair at all.”
The owner of the store, Miles Walker, spoke briefly to WGCL-TV and said he did not know whether or not he had left the pennies at Flaten’s house.
“I really don’t remember,” Walker told the television station. “It doesn’t matter that you get paid, that’s all that matters.”
Walker went on to call Flaten a “dick.”
Flaten’s girlfriend, Olivia Oxley, said she hopes her boyfriend’s story will shed light on how people “are treated so badly by their employers.”
She said the couple has stopped being angry and is viewing the insignificant act in a positive light.
“With so many pennies, we will surely find some treasures. I already found one from 1937, ”Oxley said. “After the first full shovel, all we could do was laugh because this poor miserable man took so long to be vindictive and cruel. We flatly refuse to let him ruin a single moment of ours. “