I met a guy a few years ago that was in the same line of work (LCO). He also provides other misc. services for additional money. Keep in mind that both of these businesses are part-time ventures, as he is employed full-time by the State/ He is a "somewhat" challenged individual in verbal skills and actions. Once I was able to communicate with him comfortably (no easy task), he began to tell me stories about his life. He grew up working on his Uncle's farm from the age of (8). His parents decided to award custody to the state, because his Dad said he did not want a "******" in his home. His Uncle took him in rather than putting him in a "home" for challenged persons. He grew, married and seems to be quite a genuine, nice person. He called me looking for work one day last fall, and I agreed to take him out on my crew for the day. I did not need the help, but I felt he needed the money, or work. After working all day, I paid him as a sub-contractor at a rate of $15.00, per hour. Mind you, this is 50% higher than my other employees are compensated. Again, I thought this was a nice gesture to a man in need. An hour after finishing the day, he called me and said his wife was upset with "us". She felt I used him because he is worth more money than $15.00, per hour. I told him I would not compensate him any more money, and would never use him in that capacity again. Months pass and he for wards some leads my way, since he does not want to grow his business beyond what he can complete by himself. Likewise, he asks that I represent his side business to my clients, and other contacts. He thinks his slower pace verbal skills are threatening to clients and he has trouble selling. I agreed to help him again, but I have been treading softly. I get approached today by one of my clients wanting his services. I tell the client that I can provide the services, so I make the call to my "friend" for a quote. He responds that he cannot do it in the time-frame I need. Frustrated, but still willing to listen why. He then quotes me the price and is so high, I cannot possibly add anything to the price for re-selling, and will lose the opportunity to lock-in a monthly service contract. Again, the client wants it done immediately, I'm frustrated, but still listening to him. He then asks who he will be billing for the service, and I said "ME", at which point his wife screams in the background "NO!!!!!!" we do not like second party billing situations. I responded that if he wanted the business he just needed to get there tomorrow and put the $350.00 in his pocket. Then she yells, not without you signing a contract first, we don't! At this point, I told him I would get other prices and let him know something tomorrow. I'm frustrated that she is involved, when I'm doing nothing but trying to help. Granted she does not know me, but I have known her husband for two years and been nothing but friends. I have tried to help his business and at times, felt sorry enough for him to get other friends involved in making sure they had a nice Christmas. This is not a sympathy ploy, or anything like that. I'm just a trusting person that loves helping people in need, or honest people trying to make an honest living. Now, she has questioned by honesty as a person, by company reputation, by sheer willingness to help and crushed my desire to help them in a friendly situation. Again, I am so hurt, not angry that I continue to try and help, yet if backfires again. Enough venting. Do you think it is time to walk away?