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Best excuse for non-payment

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by Sandgropher, Jun 14, 2007.

  1. Sandgropher

    Sandgropher LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 903

    Like the title suggests whats the best excuse you have heard from customers that did not pay/or not on time ?

    I guess a very common one would be "i sent a check " what else ? :)
  2. srl28

    srl28 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,177

    Couldn't find the checkbook sorry........ Got that the other day and couldn't help but laugh. Theres others, memory isnt working though!
  3. meathead1134

    meathead1134 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 637

    I didn't get the bill.
  4. MJS

    MJS LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,316

    Here's one I have heard numerous times from the same customer: "I can't afford to pay you right now; I'm on a fixed income". This coming from a woman who buys new plants at the local greenhouse every week during the summer. Oh well, I don't even try to understand some of my customers.
  5. carcrz

    carcrz LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,085

    I hope she got a late fee!

    I get the ones that always seem to "make it to the bottom of the pile". Right... sure it did. Is that what you told your credit card co?
  6. richallseasons

    richallseasons LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 479

    I had one woman tell me that someone stole her mail box so she could not get her mail......
  7. FearThisDeere

    FearThisDeere LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,154

    I had one guy tell me that he "just didn't have any money" at the time. At I looked across his driveway at his BMW M3 and new Harley.
  8. txgrassguy

    txgrassguy LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,083

    My crews did a landscape remodel - over fourteen grand worth - as the couple wanted to upsell their home.
    They tried to tell me the old no money story yet I knew a contract to purchase had been signed on the home. So I got a judgment from the local JP who then filed it against the title company so this debt had to be settled prior to completing the sale of the home.
    With admin fees, late fees and a debt service charge I was paid via a cashiers check by the title company a bit over sixteen five.
    The seller tried to come after me in the title company parking lot after I got my check - seems he disagreed with actually having to pay me. The only bad thing was I broke my right hand again - the fifth metacarpals bone - knocking three teeth out of his mouth. The JP happened to be in the title company's parking lot and asked me if I wanted to press charges as he saw the seller come after me. Instead the dipwad had to cough up an additional $372 for the doctors visit to splint my hand.
  9. Wayne242

    Wayne242 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 27

    "run out of checks" Well banks still open, and i have 30 mins to spare;)
  10. fiveoboy01

    fiveoboy01 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,988

    "I lost the invoice" seems to be the most common one for me anyways.

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