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Old 03-15-2011, 06:09 PM   #1
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So we have a customer who asked us if we could hold off billing him for the months of January and February because money was tight but he could pay us in March. Sent out the bills for the three months 2 weeks ago and nothing returned. Called him last Wednesday and no answer at the house so I make it a point to go back out of my way in the evening to hand deliver the bill Wednesday night, two cars in front of the garage and lights are on. No answer at the door.

Fast forward to yesterday I call and still no answer, I'm in his neighborhood at 7am so I knock again hoping to be just a little annoying. No answer, both cars out front but no lights on this morning. Original bill isn't wedged into the door anymore.

I drive by again about an hour ago because this guy has been dodging my calls and my visits and I don't want him to say he never received the bills. Red car parked on the street, never seen it at the house before because I'm not in the neighborhood on Tuesday. I knock and I get an answer, it's the maid.... I ask about where Mr. G is and she tells me he won't be back till Thursday morning, he left on a cruise with Mrs. G Monday night...

 
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Old 03-15-2011, 06:11 PM   #2
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Wow, a maid and cruises, but can't pay bills.
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Old 03-15-2011, 06:13 PM   #3
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Wow, that's some dickish chutzpah on the customer's part.
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Old 03-15-2011, 06:14 PM   #4
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We have a client that owes up about 20 grand. He kept making and breaking promises. We sent him to collections and now he's having to deal with a collections firm in Court. We'll get our money eventually and have let someone else deal with it.

 
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Old 03-15-2011, 06:16 PM   #5
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Wow.

Do you need his business? That's not a person I would want to do business with.

You should have charged him "deferred interest".
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Old 03-15-2011, 08:00 PM   #6
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Wow.

Do you need his business? That's not a person I would want to do business with.

You should have charged him "deferred interest".
I like this idea. Maybe get some kind of signed delivery with a note that he will be charged "deferred interest" if he doesn't pay up by X date. Don't know if that's legal or not, but I'm sure its a whole lot more legal than a sledgehammer to his two cars parked out front.
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Old 03-16-2011, 11:48 AM   #7
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Maybe they'll both come down with norovirus, I hope they do. In the meantime, sounds like it's lawsuit/collection agency time to me. Good luck getting you money out of these deadbeats. Regards, GF.

 
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Old 03-16-2011, 12:50 PM   #8
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What business are you in?

 
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Old 03-16-2011, 02:26 PM   #9
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My dad had his woods thinned out in January of 2001. We kept waiting for the check throughout winter/spring. Dad started making more and more frequent calls in the summertime. One excuse he used was that the lumber market was kinda tight so he needed to move some wood before he could pay us but with the market, things were really tough with him. A few weeks later Dad drove over to his place. Found guys adult son and asked where his dad was: In alaska. On a cruise. Douche. We got paid eventually.

 
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Old 03-16-2011, 02:43 PM   #10
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Maybe they'll both come down with norovirus, I hope they do. In the meantime, sounds like it's lawsuit/collection agency time to me. Good luck getting you money out of these deadbeats. Regards, GF.
Thing is, he can't really take the guy to collections because the customer wasn't billed until just recently. He's not in violation of any legal committments. The OP here just got taken advantage of, which sucks.

OP can certainly cease doing business with him, and let others in his field know what a realy "stand up guy" the customer is.

But I don't think there's any room for legal recourse.

Of course, IAmNAL.
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