Andreas Flaten quit 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 salary of $ 915 arrived at his home in Fayetteville – more precisely, his entry, in the form of tens of thousands of pennies.
Adding insult to the already toxic environment, the roughly 500-pound penny had also been greased with motor oil, a toxic groundwater contaminant.
The dump was also accompanied by a note that simply said “f – – k you”.
The situation drew attention when Flaten’s girlfriend Olivia Oxley shared a video of the penny stack in an Instagram post in which she described the circumstances of her partner’s departure, including the detail that he allegedly given “a written resignation letter” with two weeks notice.
“Those 2 weeks turned into 5 days,” she said, due to Walker’s harassment. “Miles Walker from A OK Walker Autoworks continued to be the asshole he is and have a hell of a normal work day, making unnecessary comments about my boyfriend’s daughter and just a d – – k everything around. ”
Oxley was also appalled at his devotion to the prank, which required him to haul a quarter-ton of parts. “I mean… couldn’t he have just been pissed off about the check or something?” she wrote.
In an interview with CBS46 in Atlanta, Flaten claimed his former director of the “toxic” work environment was known to harass his workers, including a former employee who claims the boss once took off his pants in front of him. their colleagues.
When reporter Jamie Kennedy tracked down the maniacal mechanic, he swept him away.
“Get the f – – k off my property.” And know that if someone goes all the way to make this kind of agreement, there is a motivating factor, ”said the bitter boss.
“It’s okay – he got paid, that’s all that matters. It is f – – kin weenie to have even raised the issue, ”he added.
“It’s a childish thing to do,” Flaten later told Fox5. “I think it’s going to be a lot of work for the money I’ve worked for before.”
According to a Times investigation into the bizarre feud, Flaten had decided to quit his post at A OK because he and his manager were in conflict over his schedule, which required a difficult downtime to pick up his child from the nursery. After continually ignoring that promise, as well as a number of other heated exchanges between the two, he told The Times, he tendered his resignation.
Despite the negative publicity, including a recent wave of one-star reviews on Yelp, a receptionist at the auto store told a Times reporter that business is booming.
Meanwhile, Flaten and Oxley still make their way through a wheelbarrow of copper coins, cleaning each penny by hand with an old rag. It takes about two hours to polish $ 5.
And there is nothing they can do, according to US Department of Labor spokesman Eric R. Lucero, who told The Times: “There is nothing in the regulations that dictates what currency the employee must be paid.