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Ex-employee receives paycheck in the form of pennies

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A former employee of a Georgia company says that after months of struggling to get his final paycheck, he received it months later in the form of oiled covered pennies.

Andreas Flaten told reporters at WGCL-TV that after he left the job in November he spent the next few months fighting with  his former employer who refused to send him his final paycheck.  Flaten said he even had to involve the Georgia Department of Labor to help the situation.

It wasn’t until mid-March that Flaten says he finally received his payment but it was in the form of a pile of pennies covered in a oily substance that was left on his driveway with a note that said “F— Y—” and his final paycheck stub for $915.

Flaten says he and his girlfriend now have a nightly routine of cleaning the oil off of the 90,000 pennies so that they can cash them in.

When WGCL-TV reached out to the employer about the incident, the owner told the station that he did not know if he did or did not drop the pennies off at Flaten’s house.

While Flaten says it believes it was a “childish thing to do,” he’s not going to allow his former boss have the last laugh:

“With that many pennies, we’re bound to find a few treasures. I’ve already found one from 1937″ Flaten’s girlfriend said. ” 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. We absolutely refused to let him ruin a single moment of ours.”

Flaten’s girlfriend says she also hopes the story shed some light on how people ” are treated so poorly by their employers.”