A Tennessee maintenance worker reportedly quit his job after he received a W-2 tax form stamped with the number 666, aka the "number of the beast," saying that he had to make the move in order to avoid eternal damnation.
Walter Slonopas, of Clarksville, Tenn., told the Tennessean newspaper that as a Christian he had to rid himself of the blasphemous association, which was a result of the fact that his W-2 was the 666th one sent out by a payroll firm hired by his now-former employer Contech Casting LLC, according to Contech.
“If you accept that number, you sell your soul to the devil,” he told the Tennessean, adding later that, though the company has said through a spokesperson that it is willing to rehire him and issue him a new W-2, he would not go back to work for Contech, because "God is worth more than money."
The number 666 has been associated with evil ever since it was referenced in the apocalyptic Book of Revelation in the Holy Bible, which Slonopas reveres.
He went on to explain that he was originally assigned to use the number 668 when he punched in for work but was accidentally given 666 instead, according to the Associated Press. He complained and was assigned a new number and did not decide to quit based on that first interaction with the number at Contech, the AP reported.
WFMY 2 News has made a video of an interview with Slonopas available at this link, where you can view him explaining his reasons for being concerned about the number and why he refuses to work at Contech due to the numerical association.
"They brought me this form -- W-2 form last year," the balding 52-year-old says in the video. "It's very, very, very hard to come back, because the people, people cannot understand why I come back, and I can not explain I am not traitor, I still with God. It's hard to explain."