Flaten, who had gone so far as to call Georgia’s Department of Labor for assistance, was surprised when he discovered more than 91,000 oil or grease-covered pennies in front of his house.
An envelope resting on top of the pile contained his final pay stub and was addressed with an explicit message: “F— you!”
Since then, Flaten has spent nights cleaning the pennies, which FOX 5 Atlanta said sat in a wheelbarrow in his garage.
Flaten and his girlfriend had previously refused to comment to Fox News, saying they were focusing on getting a “real payment” for Flaten’s final check.
Coinstar took up the mantle and picked up the more than 500 pounds of pennies from Flaten on Thursday.
The company pointed Fox News to a release in which it wrote that it also rounded up Flaten’s paycheck to $1,000.
“When we heard about Mr. Flaten’s penny problem, we were happy to offer our assistance,” said Coinstar CEO Jim Gaherity. “Coinstar has been in the coin business for 30 years and we process approximately 41 billion coins annually – so picking up 91,000 pennies was all in a day’s work.”
“I was spending an hour or two a night trying to clean the pennies and probably only cleaned off about $5 worth,” Flaten told Coinstar. “I was so relieved and grateful that Coinstar agreed to help me.”
In addition, company executives announced that they would match Flaten’s penny value and donate $1,000 to local charities of his choosing.
“I gave the money to Royal Animal Refuge and TLC Pet Rescue. One saved my dog and one saved my mother’s dog,” Flaten told Fox News in an email on Friday.
Now that his nights are free, he plans on spending time with his family.