My partner is helping out a friend of his and we cut his grass. It is a $30 job but we agreed to do it for $25. We'll this guy decides to do the skip a week thing and then we come back and the grass is out of control. We cut it and tell him $35 for that one and he agrees. We also tell him no more skips. Well next week comes and we cut it and he says he is waiting for mom to come home to pay us (Dad is out/divorce and he lives with mom and is 19 or 20). My partner goes by on Sunday to collect and gets a check for $40 bucks from mom and she says thank you. He doesn't say anything 'cause he feels bad for them but I say pay up sucka! Anyway, I know you should never work for friends etc... and now my young partner knows also (a good life experience for him!) I told him to begin with to deal with mom only and keep your buddy out of it but now we are screwed. Anyway- does anyone have a good LIE to tell this people to break them off without ruining a friendship. This guys mom is friends with my partners mom and those two guys are great friends and they (mom/friend) don't realize we are trying to run a business here. They are a little hard on their luck but they also don't really do much to help themselves out either. You can tell by their yard/house upkeep. Before friendships are lost though, we need to cut these folks out...Any good excuses PLEASE??? Thanks!