‘Childish’ company parts ways with employee by paying him his salary in pennies

‘Childish’ company parts ways with employee by paying him his salary in pennies

The employee clearly didn’t leave a positive impression on his previous employer who paid his final salary in grease-covered pennies.

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Let’s be honest. Sometimes an employer and an employee don’t see eye-to-eye and moving on seems like the only logical step forward. 

This is exactly what happened to Andreas Flaten, from Fayetteville in the United States, who filed his two-week notice after reportedly experiencing “a toxic work environment” at A OK Walker Autoworks. However, he never expected the childish way the company would send him off.

It has been reported that Miles Walker, Andreas’ boss, was so upset his resignation that he “froze and stared at [Flaten] for like a straight minute” after he broke the news to him.

WHDH reports that Walker simply “gets up, puts his hands on his head, walks out the door, and disappears”.

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As his notice period ended, Flaten was looking forward to receiving his final salary but when he wasn’t paid the R13,750 owed to him, he took matters into his own hands and reached out to the Georgia Department of Labour for assistance.

The company withheld Flaten’s salary until the middle of this month when he arrived home and found a pile of greasy pennies in his driveway.


Flaten says that the coins appeared to have been covered in some sort of oil or grease and his final payslip was placed at the top of the pile in an envelope which read, “f*ck you”.

Chatting to Fox 13 News, Flaten admits: “This is a childish thing to do”.

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As a result of the ridiculous move by his former employer, Flaten collected the coins into a wheelbarrow in his garage and has been spending each night trying to clean up the pennies with a solution of dish soap, vinegar, and water so that he can deposit the money into the bank.

He explains that it had taken him over an hour and a half to clean just a few hundred of the coins. “I think that’s going to be a lot of work for money I’ve already worked for. It’s going to be hours upon hours […] to clean this money up so that it’s even able to be spent. It’s definitely not fair at all,” he says.

When his former boss was reached for comment, Walker explains that he does not recall if he paid Flaten’s salary in coins and claimed that “he got paid, that’s all that matters.”

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Image courtesy: CBS46 Atlanta

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