Coin firm pays if forward after Georgia man paid in pennies


Marietta, Georgia (AP)-- A global company has stepped in to solve quite a “coinundrum” for a Georgia man.

Andreas Flaten’s former employer dumped at least 90,000 pennies on his driveway last month as a form of final payment for his work at an auto shop, he said.

When Bellevue, Washington-based Coin star heard about his predicament, they decided that change was needed. They picked up Flaten’s coins on Thursday and rounded up the amount to give him a $1,000 dollar check.

They also made donations to two charities of Flaten’s choosing: two animal shelters.

“Coin star 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,” Coin star CEO Jim Gaherity said in a statement.

Flaten said his former employer-- A OK Walker Autoworks in Peachtree City-- owed him $915 dollars after he left his job there in November.

He finally got his pay earlier this month in the form of thousands of oil- or grease-covered pennies dumped at the end of his driveway in Fayetteville, Georgia. Atop the pile: an envelope with Flaten’s final paystub and a goodbye note that featured obscenity.

Flaten had been spending an hour or two every night trying to clean the pennies, which he stored in a wheelbarrow in his garage.

The owner of the shop, Miles Walker, told WGCL-TV that he did not know if he did or did not drop the pennies off at Flaten’s house. “I don’t really remember,” Walker said. “It doesn’t matter. He got paid, that’s all that matters.”


Payment in Pennies

Story via Jeff Martin with AP