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How you handle bounced Checks

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by parkmaster, Aug 15, 2002.

  1. parkmaster

    parkmaster LawnSite Member
    Messages: 68

    i've been reading different threads but haven't seen one on this
    subject. i just want to know how lco's handle this problem and have any suggestions to deal with bounced checks :angry:
  2. randosh4

    randosh4 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 179

    do what i do TAR AND FEATHER THEM
  3. thelawnguy

    thelawnguy LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,411

    Included in the $15 monthly service fee of my commercial checking account was Telecheck. Every check deposited was covered. If they bounced not a penny came out of my account, the telecheck people would take the hit.
  4. ProMo

    ProMo LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,468

    call your state attorney if they dont make good on it plus any fees you have from bank I had an ex customer say it wasnt there problem and atty was more than happy to prosecute them
  5. steve122

    steve122 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 208

    In our county in Illinois you send them a letter and if you don't recieve payment within 2weeks you can take it to the local State's attorneys office, who will send the deadbeat a letter requiring payment and which requires them to take a 10 hour course in (not sure what). Failure to respond results in a bench warrant, which sits in the police computer until their picked up for some other violation. Then they are charged with theft by deceptive practices. I've used it once in 6 yrs.
  6. Mike (MLC)

    Mike (MLC) LawnSite Member
    Messages: 183

    If we receive a bounced check from someone, there is an automatic $25.00 charge which is stated on our invoices. We call the client up and let them know about the bounced check and give them the total with the new fee included. We have them pay there new balance in cash. After that they can continue pay by check unless they bounce a check again. We never let them bounce a check more than twice.;)
  7. B. Phagan

    B. Phagan LawnSite Member
    Messages: 95

    In most states, giving someone an NSF check for over $100 is a felony. The state's attorney and/or the sheriff can get involved and depending on the state, arrest them and/or only arrest them assuming they are caught on some other charge such as speeding or some other offense.

    Call your state's attorney and sheriff's office for more info.
  8. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,360

    We have a "bad check" office. I've never had to use it, but if I do its not a problem. I maintain it.;)
  9. add $15 fee
    like MLC said second time no more checks
  10. Sean Adams

    Sean Adams LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,597

    People make mistakes. Good to have a policy of some sort from the start that all clients are aware of. I always call first, let them know, try not to embarass them and have them pay our fee if there is one. We have a great relationship with our bank so they usually take care of us really well in theses instances.

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