Man receives final pay in thousands of pennies after quitting job

A wheelbarrow full of pennies
A wheelbarrow full of pennies
20:10pm, Thu 25 Mar 2021
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A man received his final pay in thousands of pennies after quitting his job.

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

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

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.”

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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