Georgia man whose boss paid him in 91,515 pennies finally gets ‘real payment’
This firm’s paying it forward.
A Georgia man whose vengeful ex-boss paid him his final paycheck in $915 worth of oily pennies finally got a “real payment” thanks to help from a coin-counting company.
Andreas Flaten’s wheelbarrow of 91,515 pennies — dropped off in his driveway by former employer A OK Walker Autoworks last month — was picked up Thursday and cashed by Coinstar, according to a press release from the firm.
“I was spending an hour or two a night trying to clean the pennies and probably only cleaned off about $5 worth,” Flaten said, according to the press release. “I was so relieved and grateful.”
On March 12, Flaten found 500 pounds of pennies, greased up with motor oil that made them difficult to cash, at his home in Fayetteville
A note left on top of the loot read: “f–k you.”
Flaten’s girlfriend, Olivia Oxley, later shared a video of the penny pile in an Instagram post that went viral, prompting Coinstar to lend a hand.
“Coinstar has been in the coin business for 30 years and we process approximately 41 billion coins annually – so picking up 91,000 pennies was all in a day’s work,” the company said.
The company said it rounded the value of the pennies up to $1,000 and offered to donate the same amount to charities of Flaten’s choice.
Flaten picked two Atlanta-area animal shelters to receive the donations, according to FOX News.
“I gave the money to Royal Animal Refuge and TLC Pet Rescue. One saved my dog and one saved my mother’s dog,” he told the station Friday.
Flaten had reportedly been promised his final $915 check by January but the money never arrived. He later said his former boss accused him of damages to the company and refused to pay him properly.
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