Man cries toxic workplace, boss dumps 91,515 oiled pennies as final paycheck – New York Post
A bad penny always turns up, but for one 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, and even called the Georgia Department of Labor.
Finally, on March 12, his $915 in wages arrived at his home in Fayetteville — more specifically, his driveway, in the form of tens of thousands of pennies.
Adding insult to the already-toxic environment, the approximately 500 pounds of pennies had also been greased-up with motor oil, a toxic, groundwater contaminant.
The dump also came with a note reading, simply, “f - - k you.”
The situation garnered attention when Flaten’s girlfriend Olivia Oxley shared a video of the penny pile in an Instagram post in which she describes the circumstances of her partner’s departure, including the detail that he had allegedly given “a written resignation letter” with two weeks notice.
“That 2 weeks turned into 5 days,” she alleged, owing to Walker’s harassment. “Miles Walker of A OK Walker Autoworks continued to be the a – – hole he is and make a normal workday hell, making unnecessary comments about my boyfriends daughter and just be an all around d – – k.”
Oxley was also dismayed at his dedication to the prank, which required him to haul a quarter of a ton of coin. “I mean … couldn’t he have just pissed 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 one former employee who claims the boss once de-pantsed him in front of their colleagues.
When reporter Jamie Kennedy tracked down the maniacal mechanic, he brushed it off.
“Get the f - - k off my property. And know that if somebody goes to the extent to do that kind of deal, there’s a motivating factor,” said the bitter boss.
“It doesn’t matter — he got paid, that’s all that matters. He’s a f - - kin weenie for even bringing it up,” he added.
“This is a childish thing to do,” Flaten later told Fox5. “I think that’s going to be a lot of work for money I’ve already worked for.”
According to a Times investigation of the bizarre feud, 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 hard-stop time in order to pick up his child from daycare. After continually ignoring that promise, as well as a number of other heated exchanges in between, he told the Times, he tendered his resignation.
Despite the negative publicity, including a recent flurry of one-star reviews on Yelp, a receptionist at the auto shop told a Times reporter that business had been booming.
Meanwhile, Flaten and Oxley are still making their way through a wheelbarrow of copper coin, cleaning each 1-cent piece by hand with an old rag. It takes about two hours to polish $5 worth.
And there isn’t a thing they can do, according to US Department of Labor spokesperson Eric R. Lucero, who told the Times, “There is nothing in the regulations that dictates in what currency the employee must be paid.”