A Tennessee man quit his job last week after his W-2 tax form was stamped with the number "666," what he considers to be a satanic number.
Walter Slonopas, 52, of Clarksville, left his job as a maintenance worker at Contech Casting LLC, after receiving his W-2 tax form with the "evil" number, according to the Tennessean
newspaper. Slonopas, a born-again Christian, said that after he saw the form, he knew he could either go to work or go to hell.
"If you accept that number, you sell your soul to the devil," said Slonopas.
Often used as the symbol of the devil, the number 666 first appeared in chapter 13 of the New Testament book of Revelation in the Bible, which describes a satanic figure called the beast or Antichrist who takes over the world and stamps everyone with a mark bearing the number.
To believers like Slonopas, a reference to the number is considered a betrayal of faith.
Bob LaCourciere, vice president of sales and marketing for the Revstone Corp., which owns Contech Casting, told the Tennessean 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.
This isn’t the first time Slonopas has encountered the satanic number while at work. When he started working for Contech in April 2011, he was supposed to be assigned the number "668" to use to clock in, but the human resources department accidentally gave him the number 666.
He complained and was issued a new number, according to the Tennessean.
In July, the company changed the time clock systems and Slonopas was once again assigned the dreaded 666. He quit, but returned a few days later when Contech apologized.
LaCourciere is shocked that Slonopas has been involved in another 666 incident.
"I'm completely at a loss for words," he told the Tennessean.
Slonopas has requested a new W-2 form without the satanic number, or else he can't file his taxes, he said.
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