In a hilarious display of pettiness, a Georgia auto repair shop owner was ordered to pay a former employee over $40,000 after paying the man his final paycheck in oily pennies. Yes, you read that right.
The employee, Andreas Flaten, had quit his job at the repair shop in November of 2020, and had waited patiently for his final payment. However, when he finally received it last March, he realised it was in the form of 90,000 pennies, all covered in oil. The employer dumped the oil-covered pennies in Flaten’s driveway. The mountain of loose change came with a pay stub signed with an expletive.
Now, we’re no math experts, but even we can figure out that 90,000 pennies is equivalent to $900. So the dealership essentially paid the man his final paycheck in 900 dollars’ worth of oily coins. Classy move, guys.
But alas, the dealership’s petty ploy didn’t go unnoticed. Flaten contacted the Department of Labor for help, and they discovered that the dealership had violated the Fair Labor Standards Act. And so, the dealership was ordered to cough up over $40,000 in unpaid wages, damages, and attorney fees.
We can’t help but chuckle at the absurdity of it all. It’s like something out of a bad sitcom. Who even thinks to pay someone in oily pennies? What was the thought process there?
But in all seriousness, this kind of behavior is unacceptable. It’s important for employers to treat their employees with respect and pay them fairly for their work. At least this story has a somewhat happy ending, with the employee getting the justice he deserved. And hey, he now has 90,000 pennies to play with. Maybe he can start his own penny fountain or something.