Would i Be Wrong If I Posted Non-paying customers info on the web? lol

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by ATL Lawn, Oct 3, 2006.

  1. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
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    exactly...watch the lawsuits come in for slander, libel, defamation of character and anything else they can dream up
     
  2. Frontier-Lawn

    Frontier-Lawn LawnSite Silver Member
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    how can it be defamation of character if its true :laugh:
     
  3. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
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    i will give ya that...publicizing it on the internet is another story though. agreed?
     
  4. GearHead_1

    GearHead_1 LawnSite Member
    from Utah
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    Slander is also words that are falsely spoken or attacking a person's good name. Seems like if they accept services and don't pay the words aren't spoken falsely and their name shouldn't be held in high esteem either.:laugh:
     
  5. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
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    Well, it's just that you're in violation of the Fair Debt Collection Act, and the problem is that this is a federal thing, so it's way up there in the hierarchy... I think honestly you can put the info out and wait for the complaint call, then you remove the info and it's all settled but again like the rest of the guys are saying, all it takes is one person that isn't cool with just that... The feds will be ok with it, but not if the complainant isn't.

    What you'll be found guilty of isn't libel or slander or defamation.
    As the ruling states, it's harass, oppress, or abuse.

    p.s.: If it makes you feel any better, I hate it too... I hate it even more that all we can do is put it on their credit records and send letters and call them, and take them to court (civil at that, it's not criminal)... There literally is nothing in the books of law that guarantees you will get paid, thou I will say that with experience come some pre-screening methods that at least for me weed out most of them (I still get a few here and there, but it gets better with time).
    The other thing I found that helps is always chase them vigorously (yes lol). Try to come up with some methods that waste little time and effort but create some lasting memories in their minds (nothing illegal here, credit record issues stay around for 7 years, that alone helps create a lasting memory of sorts)... This, I found, helps cut it down too, I suspect due to word of mouth, I always try my utmost to make sure they do NOT brag to their friends about how easy it was, and I think that helps along.
     
  6. BMFL79

    BMFL79 LawnSite Member
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    I'm not going to do it, but I have thought of taking my grass clippings and other debris and dumping it on their lawn. If the dump charges $6 a load to dump rotten grass clippings, leave them a note telling them that you just marked their bill down $6.
    I think the sherriff might have something to say about that, but it is a nice thought when I drive by their house.
     
  7. Dunn's

    Dunn's LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I checked out that website and it is just a collection agency.Thanks for the info though.
     
  8. AL Inc

    AL Inc LawnSite Bronze Member
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    BMFL...I have a friend who did something similar to a deadbeat that tried to stiff him on some concrete removal. Can you guess where that concrete ended up? And yes, my friend did get a visit from the police.
     
  9. Stillwater

    Stillwater LawnSite Platinum Member
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    That Law does not apply to him, he is Not a licenced collection agency the law does not apply. He can imbaras the dead beats all he wants. I would put up signs all over town stapled on pols trees and stakes.
     
  10. Roger

    Roger LawnSite Fanatic
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    BTW, that is "embarrass" you are trying to say.

    The notion of embarrassment does not work with anything any longer -- few in this day and age even know the meaning of shame.

    Explain why revenge is at the heart of such ideas of publishing the names, signs, or other public mechanisms? How did revenge get to be so popular to solve problems? What is gained through revenge? Is "feeling good" in getting revenge really important, and how long does it last?

    The last time I went to the grocery store, they only wanted money for the products I wanted to purchase. Having a good feeling through revenge does not buy any products or services from any retailer.
     

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