Miles Walker, the owner of A OK Luxury Autoworks in Georgia, learned the costly lesson that revenge isn't always sweet.

A jar of pennies surrounded by pennies.
Getty Images/iStockphoto

The Penny Revenge


His decision to settle the final paycheck of his former employee, Andreas Flaten, with 91,500 pennies covered in oil resulted in a legal backlash.

A court mandated Miles Walker to pay more than $39,000 to Andreas Flaten and eight other employees, not just for the bizarre penny payment but also for unpaid wages and penalties.

Caucasian male judge in his 50s, in the courtroom.
Getty Images/iStockphoto

A Big Mess To Clean

The pile of pennies was so large it blocked and stained Flatens' driveway and took almost seven hours for Flaten to remove.

In April 2021 Flaten's girlfriend, Olivia Oxley, told PEOPLE they were initially "super ticked" about the pile of pennies left on their drive, but that this changed when it came to cleaning them up.

"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," Oxley said. "We absolutely refused to let him ruin a single moment of ours."

The Revenge Backfired

Walker's prank backfired as the stunt resulted in a hefty $39,000 fine for Walker's business.

In addition to this, the Fair Labor Standards Act uncovered several violations, including retaliation, unpaid overtime, and recordkeeping discrepancies.

Walker was reprimanded for his failure to pay Flaten's final wages and for making defamatory comments about him on the company's website. Walker was ordered to remove all photos and references to Flaten from the company's online platforms and post the court's verdict in his shop.

Get our free mobile app

The Department of Labor also issued a statement, emphasizing that workers are legally protected when interacting with their organization and cautioning employers against flouting labor laws or mistreating their staff.

Juan Coria, a Wage and Hour administrator, echoed these sentiments, stressing the importance of allowing employees to collect their earnings without fear of retribution.

10 Ways To Beat Pollen Allergies

Those who struggle with pollen allergies know the struggle can be real. Runny noses, watery eyes, and pure misery are just some of the things that come with pollen allergies. Whether it's fall or spring in the Quad Cities, these 10 remedies can help combat those allergies and make you feel a lot better.

More From 97X