A Clarksville man said that he quit his job last week in order to save his soul.
Walter Slonopas, 52, resigned as a maintenance worker at Contech Casting LLC in Clarksville after his W-2 tax form was stamped with the number 666.
The Bible calls 666 the “number of the beast,” and it’s often used as a symbol of the devil. 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,” he said.
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.
This isn’t the first time that the Satanic number has caused Slonopas trouble at work.
During his first day on the job in April 2011, Slonopas was supposed to be assigned the number 668 to use when he clocked in. But the human resources department gave him the wrong number — 666 — instead.
Slonopas, who said he became a born-again Christian about 10 years ago, 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 apologized and he returned to work a few days later.
This latest incident with the W-2 baffled company spokesman LaCourciere. He could not believe it had happened again.
“I am completely at a loss for words,” he said.
"Either go to work, or go to hell." Choices, choices, choices.
Well I think that Mr. Slonopas needs to simply accept the fact that this CANNOT be a mere coincidence. One time perhaps, but twice? I think not!
Is the following not written in the great book of Revelations13:16-18? Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.
Surely this man who doth hide his true visage behind the slovenly, pinkish camouflage of a common maintenance worker has been revealed unto the masses as the spawn of Satan, the progeny of Mephistopheles, the Anti-Christ made flesh.
Burn him! Burn him with fire!
Or....perhaps instead people can simply pity him for his ignorance and make sure to keep him away from sharp objects and dangerous substances.
Religion, keeping people terrified of simple coincidences for over 2000 years.