The boss reportedly passed unnecessary comments about the man's daughter and was accused of creating a toxic work environment.
A man from Georgia finally received his long overdue paycheck of $915 from his former employer - in the form of a heap of pennies soaked in oil and grease. The "abusive" boss of a local auto shop dumped roughly 90,000 1-cent coins on his former employee's lawn with a note reading "f**k you" attached to it. Andreas Flaten reportedly quit his job at A OK Walker Autoworks, a Peachtree City business run by Miles Walker, last November, reported The Huffington Post. Flaten, who hails from Fayetteville in Georgia, had fulfilled all the duties expected of an employee quitting his job including serving the mandated notice period, but his boss reportedly refused to make the final payment. This forced Flaten to move legally to get his boss to settle his final paycheck.
Flaten's girlfriend, Olivia Oxley, shared an Instagram post on March 13 about the incident and accused Flaten's boss of making inappropriate comments about his daughter. “First things first, when [my boyfriend] quit he gave a written resignation letter complete with a two weeks notice,” wrote Oxley. “After Miles Walker of A OK Walker auto works continued to be the asshole he is and make a normal workday hell, making unnecessary comments about my boyfriend's daughter and just [being] an all-round dick, that 2 weeks turned into 5 days.”
Walker reportedly refused to pay his final paycheck on the pretense that Flaten has caused damages to his shop. This forced Flaten to move legally and sought assistance from the Georgia Department of Labor for assistance. “Once the word ‘lawyer’ was introduced, this is what he did,” wrote Oxley, referring to Walker dumping more than 90,000 1-cent coins on Flaten's lawn. Flaten was leaving his home with this girlfriend in Mid-March that he noticed a pile of coins at the end of his driveway.
Flaten labeled his former boss's move a “childish thing to do.” Flaten is now spending his time cleaning the pennies. “If I’ve done my math correctly, 91,515 pennies should come out to be about — at two and a half grams each — about 504 pounds,” said Flaten, reported FOX 5. “I think that’s going to be a lot of work for money I’ve already worked for,” he added. He keeps the greasy pennies in a wheelbarrow in his garage but the wheels have deflated from the weight of the zinc and copper. Walker defended himself saying he had paid in US currency and that's all that mattered, reported CBS46 News. When asked why he paid in pennies, Walker responded, “I don’t know if I did that or not. I don’t really remember. It doesn’t matter; he got paid, that’s all that matters. He’s a f*cking weenie for even bringing it up.”
Oxley couldn't help but laugh at the situation, claiming they were bound to find rare coins. "I’ve already found one from 1937,” said Oxley. “After the first shovel full, all we could do was laugh because this poor miserable man took so much time to be vindictive and cruel. I’m not sure what’s worse... the fact that this man is so miserable he can’t accept an employee leaving because he’s the biggest asshole I’ve seriously ever met,” she added. With increased media coverage, it appears more employees at A OK Walker Autoworks are opening up about the toxic work environment there. Some claimed that he disparaged female employees and ripped up pay stubs in front of employees. In the wake of the negative media coverage, the company has been hit with negative reviews on Yelp and Google.
Cover image source: Getty Images | Grace Cary