Bar Worker Gets Final Paycheck With Bucket of 5 Cent Coins

Leaving a place of work can be tricky at the best of times but it can prove especially taxing if you end up having to chase up any money owed.

However, that experience was taken to a whole new extreme for one bar worker who ended up receiving his final paycheck from his previous job in the form of a giant bucket of copper 5 cent coins.

Rian Keogh's predicament first came to light after the hospitality worker took to Twitter to reveal he had been paid his final set of wages with a container full of coins.

If anyone wants to know what it was like to work in alfies on south william street just know after chasing my last pay for weeks I finally got it but in a bucket of 5c coins. pic.twitter.com/otKhikIU5q

— Rian Keogh (@rianjkeogh) September 14, 2021

Keogh posted an image of the bucket to Twitter, writing, "If anyone wants to know what it was like to work in Alfies on South William Street just know after chasing my last pay for weeks I finally got it but in a bucket of five cent coins."

His post has racked up 1,800 retweets and has been liked more than 14,800 times with some followers expressing sympathy over the stunt.

Grainne O'Donoghue commented: "There are so many good employers out there, why would you put up with this? Report, report, report to the proper authorities - not Twitter. Don't let others have to go through the same."

Réamonn Ó hAimín felt he was better off posting about the incident on social media. "Twitter is the place to report this," he wrote. "The 'proper authorities' will do nothing. Hit them where it hurts."

Oisin Brennan, by contrast, insisted the stunt was just a workplace joke gone awry. "This is like when construction workers ask new guys to get them glass nails. It's a joke. You weren't meant to actually take the bucket home," he commented.

"If you went to the counter and asked, you would have been greeted with laughs and a paper envelope with your pay. Don't be so sensitive."

Keogh dismissed this claim, however, explaining that he "did go to the counter" but ultimately ended up leaving with the coins.

According to Extra.ie, Keogh had been employed by Alfies, a bar and restaurant based in the Irish capital, for two months before deciding to hand in his notice.

The Irish news provider says the 20-year-old, who is studying at University College Dublin, had repeatedly asked for his final pay from the job only to be brushed off. They estimate that the bucket of coins amounted to €355 which equates to around $416.

Update here are the texts just hid the number. Also the hellmans jokes arent getting old each one still gets a chuckle . Cheers for the support pic.twitter.com/JaO5NZAM6V

— Rian Keogh (@rianjkeogh) September 15, 2021

In a series of follow-up tweets Keogh shared screenshots of an alleged exchange between him and his former boss, who has not been named.

"Is it okay If I pay you cash next Tuesday? Didn't retain your bank details so is cash okay bro?" a message purportedly written by his manager asks.

Keogh replies: "Cash is grand, but I really need it as soon as possible. Tomorrow would even be fine but I can't go without it much longer, cheers."

His boss then appears to reply: "Like I said, on Tuesday."

A week later, according to the shared exchange, he was told that the money is "at the front door ready for you now."

Proof of the bucket for all the non believers too pic.twitter.com/7yCOBQRAbl

— Rian Keogh (@rianjkeogh) September 15, 2021

In another tweet, Keogh shared another picture of the bucket of money showing that it weighed 29.8kg in total.

Keogh told Extra.ie he ended up having to carry the bucket home, which made for a difficult and at times painful journey.

When Alfie's owner Niall McMahon was approached by thejournal.ie about the incident he told the news provider it was a "personal matter" he would rather not comment on.

"It's between me and that employee and that's it," he said.

Newsweek has approached Alfies and Keogh for comment.

Rian isn't the first worker to take to social media and take a stand against a former employer. Earlier this week, a wedding photographer found himself inundated with messages of support online after detailing the circumstances that led him to delete one newlywed couple's entire collection of wedding day photos.

Prior to that, a disgruntled Dollar Tree employee took to YouTube to hit out at the difficult working conditions she allegedly faced in the job with the resulting video going viral in the process.

A bucket of nickels and coins.
A stock photo of a bucket of nickels - a man in Ireland was left stunned after receiving his final paycheck in coins. ScoWill/Getty