Rant on... In August I had a big crackdown on my customers because so many of them were late in paying. Slapped on a bunch of late fees, reminded them of the payment policy, etc. I had gotten lax in keeping up with the late payers and I allowed people to get away with paying late. The crackdown worked fine in correcting most of the problem, except 1 customer. These people are continually 1 month late in paying. Started in July and continued past the reminders I sent out. In Sept I sent 2 letters warning them their account was past due, and they needed to pay the whole balance on time. Didn't happen. So I stopped servicing them. Now that it's been about a month since I last mowed, and the grass at their house is 6 inches long, guess who calls today finally? "Just wondering where you've been, haven't seen you out here in a while. Grass is getting long." At this point, they only owe me $35 for 1 cut and late fees. So I called him, got his voicemail, and explained that I don't work for free, and I don't work for people who can't pay me on time. And I'm certainly not a credit agency. I told him he needed to pay his balance, and pay for any additional cuts he wants for the remainder of the year ahead of time. At this point, though, even if he pays up, even ahead for more cuts, I am out the 1 month of work on his yard I could have had if he had been paying on time. I feel like I'm only getting screwed in this situation no matter what. He gets to keep my money for extra time, and then I get gypped outta the work I missed for that month because he couldn't answer the letters and phone calls I made about him being late. People like this aggrivate me, and I'm not even interested in working for the bum any more. I knew this guy would call back once the yard got long enough, which makes me more aggrivated. He can't take the time to pay me on time, until the yard gets outta hand. That's not the kind of customer I want anyway. ... Rant off.