A man from Tennessee has decided to resign his job instead of having his W-2 form tainted with the number “666.”
52-year-old Walter Slonopas is a firm believer in the fact that “666” is the devil's stamp, and is trying to save his soul by dissociating himself from it.
“If you accept that number, you sell your soul to the devil,” he says.
A former maintenance worker at Contech Casting LLC in Clarksville, his payroll documentation was labeled in the order in which it was sent out.
According to sales vice president Bob LaCourciere quoted by Dig Triad
, they outsource the service and Slonopas accidentally got stuck with the number.
When he started working with the company in April 2011, he was assigned the same digits, to use when he clocked in. The HR department made a mistake, as he was originally supposed to get “668” on his punch card.
It happened again in July 2011 when the company upgraded its attendance systems, and he once again became employee number “666.”
Slonopas is asking Contech to change his tax forms, refusing to even file them otherwise. Even if they do so, he is set on never returning to work for them.
“God is worth more than money,” he notes.
The man who has found God again 10 years ago is backed by his wife, Anna, in his decision to quit his job. She is not concerned about the financial implications of his resignation.
“If my husband makes $10 (€7.4), $1 (€0.7) goes to God, $2 (€1.5) go to savings, and we live on $7 (€5.2). [...] It's not that my husband makes $10 (€7.4) and I spend $11 (€8.2),” she describes.
Meanwhile, LaCourciere describes that they want to resign him, and plan to send out a new W-2 as soon as possible.
“We'd love to have him back,” he describes.