Walter Slonopas, 52, has complained on his job twice before about being assigned the number 666 on work documents. It was this third time that caused him to quit.
In an interview with The Christian Post, the Clarksville, Tennessee man said he explained to his employer, Contech Casting LLC, as he had done on two previous occasions what his faith-based position is on the number and why he couldn't accept it.
The number 666 is popularly interpreted from the Bible as the number of the devil
Since his supervisors couldn't arrive at an agreeable solution, Slonopas said he had no other choice but to quit.
"I explained to them, I can't accept this number. I am a Christian. They said, we cannot change it because it is computer generated."
Slonopas itemized the times he was given the number 666 against his wishes:
- On his first day on the job in April 2011, he was given the number 668 to clock in. The human resources department made a mistake and assigned him 666 instead. After complaining about it, he as given a new number.
- Contech changed time clock systems in July 2011, and Slonopas was reassigned 666. He quit in frustration, but the company apologized and he returned to work a few days later.
When employees' W-2 forms were distributed, Slonopas' W-2 was labeled with 666 by the company that handles Contech's payroll and it simply referred to the order in which the forms were mailed out.
The company where Slonopas was employed in the maintenance department has agreed to change the number on his W-2 form and offered him his old job back.
Slonopas said he has not received a replacement W-2 form. He insists that until he does, he will not file his taxes or return to his old job.
"I'm not going to start my tax return until I get a new form. For me, it feels like I'm accepting money from the devil."
Watch the video on the left to hear Slonopas in his own words.