Avery Sanford was about to turn 18 and when he reached that age, his father would no longer be responsible for paying his pension.
The man, who had a difficult relationship with his ex-wife, decided to make the last payment in a vengeful way: he threw 80,000 pennies in the garden of the house to pay the $ 800 of the pension.
“I just turned 18. When I was in the middle of class, my father came over. He had rented a trailer,” Avery Sanford, a senior at Deep Run High School, told Network 6 in Richmond.
“He stopped in front of the house and started the trailer so he threw all the pennies on the lawn and my mother came out and said, ‘What are you throwing in my yard? She didn’t know who it was until he yelled,’ It’s your last pension payment. ‘”
What the man did – who was not identified – left a mark on his daughter.
“He’s trying to embarrass not only my mother, but me and my sister as well, and it’s annoying that he didn’t take that into account before doing so,” Sanford said.
It was then that Avery decided that he was going to teach his father a lesson and turn that vengeful act into something good as a form of “flip the coin.”
Patiently, she, her mother, and some friends collected the 80,000 coins and every penny from Avery’s last pension payment. was donated to Safe Harbor, a center that supports victims of domestic violence.
“Donating that money to mothers and children in need, I feel like it really turns this situation into something positive. You can learn from it,” said Avery, who has not spoken to her father for years.
After her father’s vindictive attitude, the young woman, who is now 18 years old, said she believes that staying away from her father was a good decision. For her, her father disrespected her mother and with that action, she lost what she had for him.
“It’s really hurtful and damaging to your kids when you do things like that. It doesn’t matter if they’re young or old, your parents’ actions will always have some effect on you,” Avery said.
Avery’s mother, whose identity was also not released, said she reported the incident to police in Richmond, Virginia where they live.
When contacted, Avery’s father said his actions were the result of 18 years of pent-up frustration and that the last thing he wanted to do was harm his daughter.
The shelter they gave the money to has also received another $ 5,000 in donations, with some people citing Avery’s family as the reason for doing so.