Maintenance Worker Walter Slonopas Quits After Seeing '666' On Tax Form

Walter Slonopas 666

At a time when most people are clinging to their jobs, there are still a few things that a worker won't stand. Like Satan. Ever since he started his job as a maintenance worker, the "mark of the beast" has been following Walter Slonopas. And when he saw the number "666" printed on his W-2 tax form, reports The Tennessean newspaper, he decided to quit for good.

Slonopas, 52, started working for Contech Casting LLC in Clarksville, Tenn., in April 2011. On his first day, he was supposed to get 668 as his clock-in number, but was given 666 by mistake. As a born-again Christian who believes strongly that triple sixes are Lucifer's mark, Slonopas complained, and its human resources department fixed the error.

A few months later, The Tennessean reports, the company changed its system for clocking in, and Slonopas was once again given 666. He quit, but returned to work a few days later, after the company apologized. And then last week, Slonopas received his W-2 form, numbered 666. According to Bob LaCourciere, vice president of sales at Revstone Corp., which owns Contech Casting, the number simply refers to the order in which the forms were mailed out.

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"I am completely at a loss of words," LaCourciere told The Tennessean about the coincidence. It was too much for Slonopas. He quit, apparently for good.

"If you accept that number, you sell your soul to the devil," he told the newspaper.

Federal law requires businesses to make "reasonable accommodations" for the religious beliefs of their employees. And not tagging a worker with the number 666 probably qualifies as reasonable. Contech says that it is trying to accommodate, and planned to send a new form, in the hope of rehiring Slonopas.

But Slonopas believes the message is clear. "God is worth more than money," he said. He has no plans to file a lawsuit.





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cat1600

My son was born 6-6-06 @ 6pm, weighing 6lbs, and was 18 inches long (6x3). We all get a good laugh about it because he is the sweetest little boy ever.

February 09 2013 at 9:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
luvantique

More \"don\'t step on a crack\' religion. The number has no significance in the context of his employment, any more than it has demonic significance in its position in the number line between 665 and 667. In this case, context is everything. Of course, companies can do what hotels did years ago when they eliminated the 13th floor. Still, the 13th floor by any other name....

February 09 2013 at 9:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
reedonald

Genius. He is probably collecting unemployment insurance based on religious grounds.

February 09 2013 at 8:55 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
urbnguerla

If you are that afraid of a number, the devil owns your mind anyway.

February 09 2013 at 8:54 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
KATHI AND JOHN

lets sue,,,,.beats working

February 09 2013 at 8:08 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
ndflightrisk

sounds like a well-adjusted individual ....

February 09 2013 at 7:52 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Kathleen

Good grief!

February 09 2013 at 7:51 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
ddokken69

As a born again again Christian myself I don't understand how someone who would allow even something as stupid as allowing something as simple as 3 six's to run his life. If he is a TRUE believer then he wouldn't allow such events to even give the enemy a foothold in order to run his life instead of GOD. Wonder what he does when he knocks over he salt??? Call the catholic 911 and perform exorcism on his house?? Dear dude, use your grey matter in your head and don't fear something as useless as the devil but fear GOD instead. If GOD is for you then who can be against you?? If you don't get it togeher now then your in for a long hard road my friend!!

February 09 2013 at 7:48 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
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donahuepapad123

??? FEAR GOD INSTEAD ? thats your advice to someone who believes the devil is at his door ? boy i hope and pray that he doesnt tale that advice , i hope that was just a mix up on words or you might be in just as much trouble as he is ? but yes the power is in god and accepting his will what ever it my be and trying to do the best you can with it , get outside of yourself and help other people , not for a reward or pat on the back ? rather do it because it the right thing to do and its rewards will be feeling good that that persons problem or bourden is a little easyer because you helped , its called humility , the more you get it the more you like it , maybe it was your time to leave that job anyhow ? so move on and try to do good things on the way , peace and love to you all ...

February 10 2013 at 11:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
TIMOTHY

Satan is everywhere in the workplace ! LOL

February 09 2013 at 7:37 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
rlmcanoe

it's only a number, if you had been lucky enough to have had been blessed with triples and when they turned 6 yrs old, you would have 3 6's again, would you disown your children. really now. just a reason to sue someone and get some free money. I hope they give him a figure that is $6.66 and see if he cashes the check.

February 09 2013 at 7:20 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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