Deadbeat dad makes his final child support payment for estranged 18-year-old daughter by dumping 80,000 PENNIES on the front yard
- A Virginia father dumped 80,000 pennies on his ex-wife’s lawn as his final child support payment in May
- The man is seen in security camera footage making 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 local domestic violence shelter Safe Harbor
A Virginia father made his final child support payment last month by dumping 80,000 pennies on his ex-wife’s front lawn in Virginia.
The man, who has not been identified, is seen in security footage parking in front of the Glen Allen home with a trailer before dumping pennies, which add up to $800 he owed in child support for 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 responds: ‘It’s your last child support payment.’
He then gets into the van and drives away before the woman, who also has not been identified, says, ‘Are you serious?’
A Virginia mother and daughter got a shocking delivery when a man pulled up to their home and dumped 80,000 pennies on their front lawn
Avery Sanford’s father dumped his final child support payment to his ex-wife in pennies
Sanford was in school at Deep Run High School, where she’s a senior, during her father’s visit. She was not amused.
‘It’s not just my mom he’s trying to embarrass, it’s also me and my sister and it’s upsetting that he didn’t consider that before he did that,’ Sanford told WTVR Richmond. ‘It’s really hurtful and damaging to your kids when you do things like that. It doesn’t matter if they’re young or an adult, the actions of your parents will always have some effect on you.’
Sanford is gearing up for graduation and attending Virginia Tech in the fall.
Her mother reported the incident to Henrico Police and Lt. Matt Pecka told The Washington Post that an officer responded to ‘a domestic-related incident.’
The officer found the pennies in front of the house and Sanford’s mother said her ex-husband was to blame. She did not file criminal charges.
DailyMail.com could not reach Sanford’s father for comment. In a phone call with WTVR Richmond, he said that he ‘let his emotions get the best of him’ and dumped the pennies because of ’18 years of built-up frustration.’
He added that he did not want his actions to put more distance between him and his daughter.
But Sanford said it did just that. She told WTVR Richmond that she had not spoken to her father in years and has no interest in having a relationship with someone who would disrespect her mother like that.
Sanford told WTVR Richmond that she had not spoken to her father in years and has no interest in having a relationship with someone who would disrespect her mother like that
Sanford and her mother used a snow shovel to scoop up all the pennies
But she responded to the incident by paying it forward. She and her mother, with help from some friends, used a snow shovel to scoop up all the pennies before exchanging them for $800. Then, they donated the money to local domestic violence shelter Safe Harbour.
‘They were able to turn such a negative experience, and what her daughter witnessed, into a positive,’ Cathy Easter, executive director of Safe Harbor, told The Washington Post. ‘They found a way to turn this around and not feel devastated about it.’
The story was first reported by local media outlets this week and, in the days following, Safe Harbour saw a surge in donations totaling more than $5,000 over the course of a few days. Some donors specifically mentioned Sanford as their reason for donating.
‘The fact that these gifts are coming in at this time is just like a godsend,’ Easter told the Washington Post. ‘I’m very sorry the family experienced this, but so grateful they reached out and chose to do this and share their story.’