Ok, bare with me here. Did a job over a month ago for some people who did sign contracts for services and gave a deposit. It was a pipe fence painting job with payment due on completion. The job was actually divided between 2 property owners. Owner #1 who owns 2/3 of the pipe fence paid no problems. Owner #2 still has not paid the $1200 they owe me after 3 letters and several visits where they send their teen out to see what I want. I ask to speak with the parents and I am told they are not home. Even though the cars are there. This guy is the General manager for a large area car dealership. Huge house, monster pool, and lots of toys. He has workman at his house doing custom work almost daily. In the small area I live taking this guy with this kind of wealth and pull could create many business problems for me since I do work for many of the people in this social economic group in my area and they all know each other. There have been absolutely no complaints or contact in anyway from the guy or his smug wife. I have also called several times with no one answering. I have read everything I could but almost feel stuck.....I can not take hits like this. I feel if I go aggressively after it I will lose lots of business because of them bad mouthing me and if I don't I will loose $1200. For me in my first real year of business I need good word of mouth. I thought about going down to his dealership and asking for the money in a public way but I think the same negative outcome will happen. Thoughts or ideas to a resolution? Got another business that owes me 3 months of mowing, a local pet store here but she is just that kind of person and will turn her over to that olddebt.com site posted on here.