Every day and every place on our Earth, people quit their jobs. Most that do give the customary notice of two weeks, like Georgia resident Andreas Flaten, who resigned his position at an auto repair shop in November 2020. Likewise, we expect the employer to act in a professional manner when handling details like the final paycheck. Apparently, A OK Walker Luxury Autoworks didn’t get the memo on that last part.
After Flaten quit his position, he patiently waited for his final paycheck of $915 to arrive as promised by his boss, Miles Walker, in January. “Damages” was the excuse Walker gave for not issuing the final payment, and the Georgia Department of Labor was no help to Flaten in resolving the situation. A few months later, the former employee and his girlfriend noticed a mysterious pile in the driveway. Upon closer inspection, the couple found a final pay stub decorated with a written expletive and a huge mound of over 91,000 oily, greasy pennies weighing 500 pounds.
In disbelief at the way business owner Miles Walker handled this rather run-of-the-mill business situation, Flaten’s girlfriend posted to social media about the unique method used to issue her boyfriend’s final paycheck. The former employee was interviewed on TV news, and stated he was spending hours each night cleaning the coins so he could cash them in and finally truly collect on the $915 paycheck, all those months later. Walker, who no one will be voting “Georgia’s Employer of the Year”, was asked about the delivery of pennies and told a news reporter, “I don’t really remember. It doesn’t matter – he got paid, that’s all that matters,” and went on to call his former worker “a weenie”. After those comments, he surely won’t be voted “Boss of the Year” either.
The story does have a happy ending though. Coinstar found out about the pennies predicament, picked up the oily coins from Flaten (presumably for later processing), and even rounded the amount up to $1000 and donated $1000 to two animal shelters in the Atlanta area that Flaten chose to receive the gift. For Walker’s part, it would seem by his comments to the news media and his company’s website that he doesn’t feel he’s done anything out of the ordinary. The homepage of his auto repair shop even states “And yes we accept pennies as payment! They are cash!” We’re not sure he’d see the irony if someone with a substantial repair bill dumped hundreds of pounds of pennies in the parking lot and called it payment – but we’d sure like to be a fly on the wall if it ever happened! Imagine how differently this story of a man quitting his job and wanting his final paycheck would have been told if the auto repair shop simply issued via paper check the former employee’s final paycheck and pay stub (without an expletive)!
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