A furious excavator operator who claimed to be fired by their employer recently took revenge by destroying several luxury homes in Ontario’s exclusive Muskoka Marina.
A 59-year-old man has been charged with mischief and given a $5,000 fine after a viral video online showed him using an excavator to massively damage several properties in Muskoka Marina which is a popular summer retreat of the rich and famous in Ontario. Police officers who arrived on the scene just after 9 p.m. on July 21st discovered “significant damage” to the marina on Lake Rosseau in Muskoka Lakes Township. There was no suspect before the video was revealed by a local on Twitter.
“It was almost surreal what happened. For something like that to happen… it’s like fiction,” Geordie Newlands, owner of the SWS Muskoka marina said, adding that the cost of the damage was “in the millions”.
Although neither police nor the owners of the damaged marina homes were willing to speculate on the motives of the accused, the viral video posted on Twitter suggests that it is the work of a dissatisfied former employee.
This sort of incident is not entirely rare. Last year, a contractor in Germany defaced an apartment building he helped build after a conflict with the property developer over payment.