I had a one time leaf removal account in Oct for this lady who was renting next to one of our accounts. We did the work, I hand delivered the bill of $60.00 - net 10, because I didn't particularly trust her (instincts.) Took her forever to come to the door, I think she was hoping I would leave, but I waited. 10 days pass, 15 days pass. I go to her house. She has moved. No contact, no forwarding address. Oh-crap! So, I go to the neighbors house to confirm that she moved, and she did. She told me the town that she might have moved to. I get on the internet - she is no where to be found. I go to the post office to try to get info. They told me that they couldn't help me and that if I wanted to try, I could send an envelope to the old address and write on the envelope "Address service requested." and that the letter would be sent back to me with the correct address written on it. ~~~~ So, as the story goes, hubby was passing through that town, the same day and happens to look to the right and sees her van. What luck. He goes up to the door and knocks and knocks...He could hear people in the house and see the lights are on. No one would come to the door. No address on the mailbox, this is along a highway. That was on a Friday. So, the following Sunday, I have to go through this town and about 10am, I pull up to the house. They are home. I bring a bill with late fees applied. Go up to the door - knock for a few minutes until she finally comes to the door. YOU SHOULD HAVE SEEN HER LOOK. Complete surprise. She says, "How did you find me??" Now, can you believe that! I told her that people aren't as hard to find as they want to be(with a smile.) And I hand her the bill, tell her she is overdue, ask her to pay me right now. She comments that I have the nerve to come to her house on Sunday, asking for money. How dare I? And then she starts in about this story of her past landlord not returning her deposit - yadda, yadda, yadda and how she has seen a lawyer (making excuses for nonpayment) SO, I see the opportunity and tell her that she doesn't need a lawyer and I segway into the stories of my experience with deadbeat customers and that every one that I have taken to small claims court has paid me every penny + court fees + late fees + even the mailing expenses for certified letters. (now you and I know that I have only taken 1 guy to court, but I am one for one ) I think she gets the message. I say how would you like to pay - I tell her I'll accept check or cash. She says she has no checking account and no cash on her until she gets paid on Mon. I am like, "HUH?!?" I thought I was getting somewhere. Well, I said, "Ok, so you can go to the bank after you get your check and get a money order, I will be looking for the money paid in full by Wednesday." I wish her Happy Holidays and tell her good luck with her landlord. Guess what??? I got the money on Wednesday. I was just as surprised as you are. So, just remember, if you have got a deadbeat, they can be found by sending an envelope through with old address on it, and write on the envelope "Address Service Requested. Good Luck!!