Every so often, we come across the story of someone trying to "stick it to the man" by paying a parking fine or speeding ticket in pennies or dimes. Never, though, have we heard of a business stooping to such clichéd lengths. Enter Florida.

Irena Mujakovic bought a 2003 Saab way back in January from Holiday Motors, in Jacksonville, FL. Shortly after the purchase, the transmission started acting up. She returned to the dealer and paid for the repair, and purchased a warranty for future issues. Total cost: $300. But then the trans crapped out not long after the initial repair, and Mujakovic was back at Holiday Motors. This is where things start going south.

This second trip cost Mujakovic $400, with her warranty in hand. That's because the man that runs the dealer, Ed Di Miranda, neglected to mention that the warranty didn't cover labor costs.

"The warranty did not cover labor and I failed to write that in and that was her loophole," Di Miranda told First Coast News.

The young college student filed a complaint with the Florida DMV, who sided with her and ordered Holiday Motors to refund the money. Di Miranda and the dealership did just that, but when Mujakovic came to collect her refund, it was to a bag of pennies, with a few dollar bills sprinkled in for good measure.

Di Miranda, doesn't seem to think he's done anything wrong, claiming that only about $85 was in change, while the rest was paper money. "I am doing what DMV asked me to do," Di Miranda said. "It is legal tender."

Mujakovic has not collected her refund. Have a look below for the video news report.


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      Adis Minaei
      • 5 Months Ago
      As a whole, weirdest stuff come from Florida.
        rcavaretti
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Adis Minaei
        A second cousin of mine was a researcher/fact checker on the news program 20/20 a decade ago. When *anything* strange like this happened, more often than not, it was either Florida and Texas.
      omgcool
      • 5 Months Ago
      I agree that it's not illegal, but it certainly is an a-hole move, and I'm glad he's getting negative publicity for it. No respect!
        Billy Lthr
        • 5 Months Ago
        @omgcool
        Honestly, if he was being honest and I know thats a joke but if it was only 85 dollars in change and the rest was in bills, I would had just took it and put it in my bank but still gone to the media and destroy the ahole !
          luujerr
          • 5 Months Ago
          @Billy Lthr
          Assuming the coins are all pennies... $85 is 8500 pennies to account for.
      Chris O.
      • 5 Months Ago
      Di Miranda should learn a little about contract law. Him forgetting to note that labor costs aren't included isn't a "loophole" (as he put it) - it's a matter of him drawing up the contract incorrectly. If he wanted it to reflect different terms, then it's his responsibility to write it that way - then it's up to the other party if they actually want to agree to those terms. The Florida DMV had to side with Mujakovic, as she was on the correct side of the contract interpretation. Di Miranda's sour grapes response will not do anything to help him, or his business.
        knightrider_6
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Chris O.
        This is what the girl should do - contact local news channels and give it as much publicity as possible. I'm sure this dealer has swindled other customers. They may come forward and this douche will have to reimburse each one of them.
          superlightv12
          • 5 Months Ago
          @knightrider_6
          Exactly. The dealer also needs all of the negative publicity he can get. He's a d-bag and needs to go out of business. People like him give honest car dealers a bad name.
      WKA
      • 5 Months Ago
      Neglecting to mention the warranty doesn't cover labor cost was HIS loophole, not hers. He's just mad it didn't work. What nerve!
      Biff Tannen
      • 5 Months Ago
      And this, friends, is why you don't buy a used Saab from a no-name dealership. The end.
      yo
      • 5 Months Ago
      hopefully that douchie move by the dealer will cause people to NEVER buy a car there. BOYCOTT them
      superchan7
      • 5 Months Ago
      Nothing "wrong," but to annoy a customer like that is not good for business. Especially true in the Internet age.
      AntBee
      • 5 Months Ago
      People like this Di Miranda guy, deserve a kick in the nads, and possibly a throat chop.
      RICKTIMS
      • 5 Months Ago
      "But then the trans crapped out not long after the initial repair, and Mujakovic was back at Holiday Motors" Translation, it wasn't fixed.
        ChaosphereIX
        • 5 Months Ago
        @RICKTIMS
        yup. These guys are doing nothing to help the terrible reputation of used car dealers.
      IBx27
      • 5 Months Ago
      Looks like the dealership just bought themselves a PR nightmare, a loss of any potential future business, and will have to count the pennies to exchange them for 4 $100 bills to hand back to this person.
      r_dezi
      • 5 Months Ago
      This dealer will be out of business in 6 months.
      bootsnchaps60
      • 5 Months Ago
      The good citizens of Jacksonville should reward him by dropping off all of their spare pennies at the dealership-on the ground, on the cars, in the grass, anywhere on the premises. Future customers should also make any transactions in unrolled pennies.
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