While karma can be warrented to an enemy, it can also bite you in the butt. A judge ruled that a Northern Colorado welding company acted “maliciously and in bad faith” when it paid a $23,500 settlement to a subcontractor all in coins.
To start at the beginning, Fired Up Fabrication said it acted as a subcontractor for JMF Enterprises but the company refused to pay. The subcontractor filed a lawsuit that went to arbitration and when the two sides agreed to settle, JMF was meant to pay Fired Up Fabrication $23,500.
When it came time to pay, JMF sent a flatbed truck loaded with a specially constructed box jammed with quarters, dimes, nickels and pennies that weighed 6,500 pounds, which equalled the precise amount they needed to pay.
The case was brought back into the courtroom where Judge Joseph Findley noted: “The defendants apparently obtained the coins in various denominations in neatly organized boxes but then took the extra step of removing the coins from the boxes and dumping them loosely and randomly into the large metal container. The court finds that the defendants acted maliciously and in bad faith.”
For the prank, the Larimer County judge ordered JMF and its owner John Frank to pay Fired Up Fabrication by a more conventional method like a check, as well as cough up the money to pay for the subcontractor’s attorneys fees and costs.
JMF has 14 days to pay using a check, certified bank check or some other standard manner of payment to pay what it owes. Fired Up Fabrication’s attorney is asking for more than $8,000 in attorneys fees from JMF.