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latheman78

Cast Iron
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In this day and age I am pretty sure using threats to property or person to collect a debt will not only lead to getting criminal charges, the person you threatened will probably sue and win damages.
 

M.B. Naegle

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Location
Conroe, TX USA
Well a money order DID show up! Not the full amount but there's supposed to be more later. At least there's something.

And I agree about threats to violence being wrong and counterproductive. None of that was made here. The only "threat" was when I asked him if we needed to get lawyers involved. I chose my words carefully as my only intent was to see how he expected this to play out. If he had texted back "F-ya, get a lawyer!" The obviously he thinks he can fight and it likely isn't worth my time. If he had continued to ignore me, then it would have just confirmed concerns that it was all a weird scam. He texted back and within a couple days made a payment towards the balance, so I think that shows he's likely over extended and was just dodging me hoping for more time. I understand that, but it isn't right. The whole "you get payed when I get payed" scenario is something I'd run away from. I don't see how anyone can run a business like that.
 
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cyanidekid

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Brooklyn NYC
That's a total crock. Copy an attorney after 60 days? No real business does that. There are a myriad of reasons why a business, particularly a small business, would be late on payment.

I'm not saying it's something to be habitual about but it happens. Want to burn a bridge and get put on a shit list immediately? Try getting a lawster involved before you have any real cause to suspect the other party is actively screwing you.

Never ascribe to malice what can be explained by incompetence (financial or otherwise).
im saying the same thing you are basically, that until reasonable requests have gone unanswered for an extended period, there is nothing to see here.

I was only thinking of that IF you get absolutely no response after 60 days, to possibly motivate the other party.

there is a BIG difference between someone responding, but being late paying, and a party going totally non- responsive. that's a giant red flag, don't you think?
 

Ox

Diamond
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Aug 27, 2002
Location
West Unity, Ohio
Well a money order DID show up! Not the full amount but there's supposed to be more later. At least there's something.

And I agree about threats to violence being wrong and counterproductive. None of that was made here. The only "threat" was when I asked him if we needed to get lawyers involved. I chose my words carefully as my only intent was to see how he expected this to play out. If he had texted back "F-ya, get a lawyer!" The obviously he thinks he can fight and it likely isn't worth my time. If he had continued to ignore me, then it would have just confirmed concerns that it was all a weird scam. He texted back and within a couple days made a payment towards the balance, so I think that shows he's likely over extended and was just dodging me hoping for more time. I understand that, but it isn't right.
The whole "you get payed when I get payed" scenario is something I'd run away from. I don't see how anyone can run a business like that.


Actually, there are some business types that really doo work that way.
I haven't come accrost any examples lately, and I am running low on RAM personally, but I know that I have come accrost it before, and that was just how it was done.

As long as you know that going in and agree to it:

Or [and this could be one of those cases] where the main guy tries to keep the small line items paid up and out of the picture.


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trevj

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Location
Interior British Columbia
I have known a couple construction contractors that had been screwed once too often, and they had terms in their contract that basically said that they owned what they built, until it was paid for.

After being stiffed once or twice too many times, they showed up on site at a convenient (to them) hour, and proceeded to chainsaw the deck, or porch, or sunroom, into smaller and easily handled pieces, at which time, word got around that you don't screw with so-and-so....
 








 
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