I have this customer that I previously wrote about. ( http://www.lawnsite.com/showthread.php?t=200276 ) Anyway, Got everything straightened out or so we thought. We worked on the property yesterday until it started to pour down rain. Got up this morning doing errands and such. We went in to the gas station and low and behold this guy calls and I miss the call. Basically the msg goes as follows: I've decided I don't like your price. When you come over we will go everything. What I didn't tell you was that while all the Maple tree BS was going on he sent me this: Here is what we are going to do Adam. Your work on the project has ended. 1) Any plant that is currently in the ground I will pay for. All others you need to remove from, I will not pay for those. 2) You and I will review the bill and come to an agreement of how much you should be paid for the hours invested so far and the materials used so far. I am fair and honest, I do not want you to not get paid for the hours you have worked so far or the materials used so far. __ It is now onto how ALL of my stuff is overpriced, my labor and my markup on planting material. When all of this came about i gave him an estimate. He said that he wanted to check everything out and he would get back to me. He did and he gave me my deposit. We were seriously, 4 hours from being finished when he pulls most of this crap. He also stated that he called several other landscapers to check their prices and i'm nearly twice what everyone else is; yet, I thought he already checked out everything. I've heard from numerous people, of course after I start, that this is what this guy does. I then procede over to the property to do as he previously asked to get everything that wasn't planted and give him his final bill which is around $800 more than the deposit. Naturally I get a call back "how can you live with yourself?" And "I'll ruin you in this town and take you to the cleaners if you don't give me back some of my money." What do I do? Now i've got 40 plants sitting on my back porch and am basically being shorted $4k and threats of litigation. I left him a message, because he can't ever seem to answer the phone 4 minutes after he calls. I know you all aren't lawyers and I have already called mine and am meeting with him tomorrow but I thought I would seek advice from you guys because I'm sure it has happened to someone before. My thinking is this. He had an opportunity to look over the estimate. I didn't hold a gun to his head and force him to give me a check. I've been carrying out my end of the bargin for 4.5 weeks and now THIS, with only about 4 hrs of work left.