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Old 05-13-2005, 07:11 PM
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OK guys. I have this customer that won't pay. She called, I did an estimate she says OK. I then ask if she would like a fert program and she says she will get back to me on that. Well, 2 days before the mowing is to start i call all of my customers informing them that mowing will start on X date and if they had any questions to give me a call. I didn't hear from her.

I went and mowed the lawn, she was home. About a week later she calls and said that she didn't "confirm" that i was to mow. But she will pay the $45 this time.

Well guess what? It has been 30 days. I have already sent two letters and administrative charge invoices.

What can I do next? BTW, her account balance in now $75.

I have heard of "Theft of Services" and a lien. What would you do? I will NOT just write this off!
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Old 05-13-2005, 08:51 PM
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It doesnt sound like you have a contract (i dont either for residential), and most theft of services laws are a joke. I would take the $45 and call it even.
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Old 05-13-2005, 08:56 PM
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Go to her house and track her down. Not the most professional method, but you want to be paid, right?
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Old 05-13-2005, 09:34 PM
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You could try small claims I guess if you had a contract. I would try a house call as a reminder. It may turn out that she will pay to be rid of you if you show up on the doorstep. If you only cut it once how did you end up at 75 bucks when it was supposed to be 45? Did I miss something?
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Old 05-13-2005, 09:53 PM
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She had a contract to sign and i was to pick it up during the first mow. My invoice has my terms on it, so that's pretty clear.
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Old 05-13-2005, 09:55 PM
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You could try small claims I guess if you had a contract. I would try a house call as a reminder. It may turn out that she will pay to be rid of you if you show up on the doorstep. If you only cut it once how did you end up at 75 bucks when it was supposed to be 45? Did I miss something?
Yup, you missed the late charges!
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Old 05-13-2005, 10:40 PM
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Well, Bobby G. claims theft of services works for him, try calling the cops.
most they can do is say no, if they refuse to allow you to file then ask for the info to prove you tried so you have it for a lien.
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