Back in the day I worked in an office at 666 Fifth Avenue in New York. I had a couple of people refuse to meet there because of the “satanic” address. This story from ABC News reminded me that some people really take the Bible much too literally:
Walter Slonopas received his W-2 tax form and found the number 666 stamped on it. Calling it a satanic omen, he quit his job.
Slonopas, 52, was a maintenance worker at a metal manufacturing company in Clarksville, Tenn. called Contech Casting LLC.
“I cannot accept this number. If you accept that number, you sell your soul to the devil,” Slonopas told ABC News.
According to Robert LaCourciere, the vice president of sales and marketing for Contech Casting’s parent company, Revstone Transportation Group, the tax forms are generated by a computer at an outside company. “We are certainly sorry he was put through all this,” LaCourciere said. “We hope he does contact us because we’d love to have him back at work.”
Slonopas said he feels no animosity towards the company, but doesn’t understand the mistake. “My question is, are we working for the computer, or is the computer working for us?”
The 666 number appears in the Bible, in Chapter 13 of the New Testament Book of Revelation. It is sometimes called the Number of the Beast.
Slonopas said it is not the first time he came across the number while working at Contech. On his first day at work in April 2011, the human resources department issued him a work identification card with a ten digit employee number ending the number 666…
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