A Man Demanded His Final Paycheck. The Auto Shop Delivered 91,500 Greasy Pennies.


On March 25th A OK Walker Luxury Autoworks in Peachtree City, Ga., has built Ford Mustangs for the Clint Eastwood film “Trouble With the Curve” and for an attempt at a world record for land speed, according to its website . Now the high-end car repair shop has acquired another rare distinction: It has been accused of paying a former employee in pennies.To be precise, that’s 91,500 pennies, adding up to $915 in wages owed — although Andreas Flaten, who was a manager at A OK Walker until last November, has not counted them to make sure he got every last cent. He said his former employer had left him a glimmering mound of pennies at the end of his driveway to punish him for quitting and persistently demanding his final paycheck. Since his girlfriend posted a video of the pennies on Instagram, he has been attracting the sympathies of thousands of people also navigating strained relations with their employers amid the pandemic.

“It would be one thing if it was just pennies,” Mr. Flaten said. “I wish it was just pennies.” But the pennies are covered in a pungent, sticky substance; Mr. Flaten suspects it might be power-steering fluid.