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Old 11-04-2009, 09:12 PM
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Scum Bag Old Lady

As we all know, we are going to occasionally get stuck by scum bags and not get paid. Most of the time the small amount isn't worth the hassle to retrieve the money if they don't immediately pay up. Recently I was taken by an old lady. I cut her place and she asked if she could send me a check later in the week. Waiting on her SS check. No problem I tell her to just wait until I come back (in 2 weeks) and pay for both cuts. That day comes and she did the same. I reluctantly said OK send it in the mail. "Sweet old lady just moved in and cash is tight" I let 4 weeks go by (no check) and give her a call. " Oh she is so sorry and lost my cards with address on them and she would pay me when I get there next day. I go by and she is not home. I fought myself about screwing up the schedule having to come back later. I cut it(stupid me) "sweet old lady" 2 days later I go to the door and she lets me know the check is in the mail. After a week I send an invoice and she still hasn't paid. I am really pissed because she played me. My question is how ugly should I get with her to get the money. ($180.00)
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Old 11-04-2009, 09:35 PM
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Tell her you are putting a lien on the place and let her know she will be paying the filing fees as well. I had a guy try and shaft me on 2 clean ups he told me I couldn't do that I showed him I could his wife paid me.
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Old 11-05-2009, 12:27 AM
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Tell her you are putting a lien on the place and let her know she will be paying the filing fees as well. I had a guy try and shaft me on 2 clean ups he told me I couldn't do that I showed him I could his wife paid me.
Good advice, that's what I would do.

It's people like this that make you not want to trust anyone.
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Old 11-05-2009, 12:45 PM
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Another option is to hire a collection agency so that you can free your time up to go work on paying accounts. They may charge you up to 1/2. But 1/2 is sometimes better than None.

And DO NOT let her talk you into cutting it again. No matter what sob story she gives you. Even if she finally pays you, its not worth your time to chase money.
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Old 11-05-2009, 01:04 PM
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And DO NOT let her talk you into cutting it again. No matter what sob story she gives you. Even if she finally pays you, its not worth your time to chase money.
Depends on how much money itis.... but even then the off season or a rainy day is a perfect time to take 1/2 a day to go the county seat and file paperwork.......any time you spend collecting a debt can be added to the debt...as can late fees. but you contract should state this...so you clients understand how a 180 tab can grow to 400 really quick...
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Old 11-06-2009, 12:36 AM
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Charge a late fee and put some pressure on late paying customers to get paid quicker.
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Old 11-06-2009, 09:20 AM
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[QUOTE=Mrs. H;3264471]Another option is to hire a collection agency so that you can free your time up to go work on paying accounts. They may charge you up to 1/2. But 1/2 is sometimes better than None.

Do you know of a good collection agency?

My wife has called some in the past but she could not find one to help us.

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Old 11-06-2009, 09:28 AM
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Send out a flyer to all her neighbors that you r taking up a collection to help pay her lawn bill because she cant.
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Old 11-06-2009, 07:12 PM
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man we used a company a month back, they dont charge u until they get the money from customer, and then its a flat rate of$100 buks. They were awesome, had a check in 6 days, i usually dont mess with it but i did this time, and it worked well. If i can find it iill post it.
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Old 11-08-2009, 07:11 PM
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Olddebts.com It'll cost you around $25, but once they see a collection notice, most times, they pay.
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