A Tennessee man – who became a born-again Christian a decade ago – has quit his job over the number 666 appearing on his W-2:
Walter Slonopas, 52, resigned as a maintenance worker at Contech Casting LLC in Clarksville after his W-2 tax form was stamped with the number 666.
The Bible calls 666 the “number of the beast,” and it’s often used as a symbol of the devil. Slonopas said that after getting the W-2, he could either go to work or go to hell.
“If you accept that number, you sell your soul to the devil,” he said.
Now, some might argue that you're selling your soul to the devil by participating in capitalism at all and buying into the false promises of the American Dream but we digress.
Apparently, this is not the first time the number 666 has gotten in the way of Slonopas' career ambitions at Contech Casting, which may be some kind of sign he should find a new gig:
During his first day on the job in April 2011, Slonopas was supposed to be assigned the number 668 to use when he clocked in. But the human resources department gave him the wrong number — 666 — instead.
Slonopas, who said he became a born-again Christian about 10 years ago, complained and was given a new number.
In July 2011, the company changed time clock systems, and once again Slonopas got 666. This time he quit. The company apologized and he returned to work a few days later.
A company spokesman could not believe it happened to this guy again. “I am completely at a loss for words,” he said.