Only fools and Christians: ‘Born-again’ Tennessee man quits job over 666 tax code

Walter Slonopas is haunted by the number 666

Walter Slonopas is haunted by the number 666

MEET Walter Slonopas, 52. He surrendered his brain to Jesus about ten years ago, and the fool now lives in fear of the number 666.

So much so that he quit his job after his employers at a Clarksville, Tennessee, company gave him a W-2 tax form stamped with the ‘demonic’ number.

The maintenance worker left Contech Casting LLC, saying he did so to save his soul.

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.

Bob LaCourciere, Vice President of sales and marketing for the Revstone Corp, which owns Contech Casting, said that Slonopas’ W-2 was labeled with 666 by the company that handles Contech’s payroll. It refers to the order in which the forms were mailed out, he said.

According to this report, this isn’t the first time that the 666 has caused Slonopas trouble at work.

During his first day on the job in April 2011, he was supposed to be assigned the number 668 to use when he clocked in. But the human resources department gave hin 666 instead. Slonopas 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 apologised and he returned to work a few days later.

This latest incident with the W-2 baffled company LaCourciere. He could not believe it had happened again.

I am completely at a loss for words.

The number 666 first appears in chapter 13 of the New Testament book of Revelation, which describes a satanic figure called the beast or Antichrist who takes over the world and stamps everyone with a mark bearing the number 666.

According to Revelation, no one will be able to buy or sell anything without that number stamped on them.

That’s caused people to fear anytime that number pops up, said Jay Phelan, senior professor of theological studies at North Park University in Chicago.

It’s seen as a very dangerous number.

For idiots such as Slonopas, who take the book of Revelation literally, any tie to 666 is a betrayal of their faith. Phelan said he understands why Slonopas quit.

It’s a desire to be loyal to his faith and to not be identified with the Antichrist. The company ought to find a way to cut him some slack.

The number has caused problems for at least one other worker in the past. In 2011, a factory worker from Georgia named Billy Hyatt sued his former employer after he was fired for refusing to wear a sticker with 666 on it. The sticker referred to the number of accident-free days he’d had on the job.

LaCourciere said the firm planned to mail thee silly Slonopas a new W-2, in a plain envelope. The company also wants to rehire him. Said LaCourciere:

We’d love to have him back.

Hat tip: DC Brighton