Man who quit job receives final pay in literally thousands of pennies

Alistair Mason
Friday 26 March 2021 08:48
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A worker who chased up his late paypacket after quitting his job was stunned when he received his final pay in thousands of pennies – along with a rather unfriendly parting note.

Andreas Flaten, 26, who lives in Fayetteville, Georgia US, received approximately 91,500 pennies – which were covered in motor oil – along with a note saying “f*** you”, after leaving his job at a car repair store.

Mr Flaten received the bizarre payout from his former place of work, A OK Walker Autoworks, after he contacted the Department of Labour over his late final payment.

His girlfriend Olivia Oxley said he is “kind of irritated” about the situation, which meant he has had to clean the pennies individually in order to cash them in.

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She told the PA news agency: “We went to the end of the driveway and there was that giant pile of pennies, covered in oil, and we had to shovel it out of the driveway.”

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Ms Oxley, 27, said that the pennies totalled 915 US dollars (around £666) and weighed around 500lbs (227kg).

“That’s actually not even his whole pay cheque, that was his salary but he was also paid a commission at the end of every month… so he’s definitely still owed money,” she told PA.

She said that Mr Flaten has now cleaned around five dollars (around £3.50) of pennies from the oil, which took about two hours.

She told PA: “He worked for the money the first time, and now he has to work for his money again so that seems completely backwards to me.”

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The owner of the shop, Miles Walker, spoke to WGCL-TV, stating that he cannot remember dropping the pennies off at Mr Flaten’s home.

“I don’t really remember,” Mr Walker told the TV station. “It doesn’t matter, he got paid, that’s all that matters.”

Ms Oxley said: “It was hilarious that he had taken that much time and energy to get those pennies, to transport those pennies and then dump them at the end of the driveway and put oil all over them.

“We can’t even spend the money because they’re covered in oil, and you have to wipe every single one of them off individually in order to get all the oil off.

“I’m frustrated that someone can do something like that and we’re just kind of left there cleaning up the mess.”

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