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In my over ten years of work experience, I’ve had my fair share of employers. Some of them were great while others… Well, let’s just say I’m glad they’re no longer my boss. However, even considering my worst experiences as an employee, nothing quite compares to what happened between this Georgia man and his boss.

One last paycheck

When Andreas Flaten quit his job at Peachtree City’s A OK Walker Autoworks back in November, his boss, Miles Walker, still owed him $915.

After months of waiting around for a check that never came, Flaten decided to report the issue to the Georgia Department of Labor, hoping to finally get paid and put this whole thing behind him. And that worked, well, sort of.

In mid-March, Andreas noticed something piled up at the end of his driveway. Upon closer inspection, he realized what he had in front of him were over 90,000 grease-covered pennies accompanied by a very explicit note. That’s right, Flaten’s former employer had finally caved in and given the man what he owed him, however he’d made sure to do that in the most passive-aggressive way possible.

When Walker was asked if he’d been the one to leave the coins there, he simply said “It doesn’t matter. He got paid, that’s all that matters.”

Coinstar to the rescue

Poor Andreas was left with no choice but to start cleaning the coins one by one, a job that apparently was taking him quite a bit of time.

“I was spending an hour or two a night trying to clean the pennies and probably only cleaned off about $5 worth.”

Luckily though, Flatan’s story went viral and drew the attention of the company Coinstar, known for its coin-cashing kiosks.

Coinstar was happy to come to the ex-employee’s assistance, helping him get rid of his thousands of pennies and exchanging them for $1,000 in cash.


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