Deadbeat Dad Makes His Last Child Support Payment For Alienated 18-Year-Old Daughter By Dumping 80,000 PENS In Front Yard
- A Virginia father dumped 80,000 cents on his ex-wife’s lawn in May as his last alimony payment
- The man can be seen on images from security cameras during the delivery
- His daughter Avery Sanford said she hasn’t spoken to her father in years
- She and her mother donated the $800 payment to the local domestic violence shelter Safe Harbor
A Virginia father paid his last child support last month by dumping 80,000 cents on his ex-wife’s Virginia lawn.
The man, who has not been identified, can be seen on security footage parking in front of Glen Allen’s home with a trailer before dumping pennies, amounting to $800 he owed in child support to his estranged 18-year-old daughter, Avery Sanford. .
In home surveillance footage captured on May 21, a woman can be heard asking, “What are you dropping in my yard?”
The man then replies, “It’s your last alimony payment.”
He then gets into the van and drives off before the unidentified woman says, “Are you serious?”
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Sanford attended Deep Run High School, where she is a senior, during her father’s visit. She was not amused.
“It’s not just my mother he’s trying to embarrass, it’s me and my sister too and it’s disturbing that he didn’t think of that before he did,” Sanford told WTVR Richmond. “It’s really hurtful and harmful to your children if you do something like that. It doesn’t matter if they are young or mature, your parents’ actions will always have some effect on you.’
Sanford is preparing for graduation and will attend Virginia Tech in the fall.
Her mother reported the incident to Henrico police, and Lieutenant Matt Pecka told The Washington Post that an officer was responding to “a domestic incident.”
The officer found the pennies for the house and Sanford’s mother said her ex-husband was to blame. She has not filed any criminal charges.
DailyMail.com was unable to reach Sanford’s father for comment. In a telephone conversation with WTVR Richmond, he said he had “let his emotions take over” and dumped the money because of “18 years of accumulated frustration.”
He added that he didn’t want his actions to create more distance between him and his daughter.
But Sanford said it did just that. She told WTVR Richmond that she hadn’t spoken to her father in years and has no interest in being in a relationship with someone who would despise her mother in such a way.
Sanford told WTVR Richmond she hadn’t spoken to her father in years and has no interest in dating someone her mother so despised.
Sanford and her mom used a snow shovel to scoop up all the pennies
But she responded to the incident by paying it in advance. She and her mother, with the help of some friends, used a snow shovel to scoop up all the pennies before exchanging them for $800. They then donated the money to the local domestic violence shelter Safe Harbor.
“They were able to turn such a negative experience, and what her daughter saw, into a positive one,” Cathy Easter, executive director of Safe Harbor, told The Washington Post. “They’ve found a way to turn this around and not feel broken.”
The story was first reported by local media this week, and in the days that followed, Safe Harbor saw a surge in donations totaling more than $5,000 over the course of a few days. Some donors specifically cited Sanford as their reason for donating.
“The fact that these gifts are coming in right now is like a gift from heaven,” Easter told the Washington Post. “I’m very sorry that the family went through this, but they are so grateful that they reached out and chose to do this and share their story.”