posted on Aug, 4 2006 @ 08:35 AM
So, today, a bailiff rang at my door, informing me I had a speeding ticket that was unpayed, a fine of about 780€, telling me that if I had the
choise then to either goto the bank with him to withdraw the cash and hand it over to him or he'd impound some of my possesions to cover the fine.
Next to most of my savings being locked into stock and investment funds, the cash I had on hand, was used to cover some heavy costs for recent
replacement purchases for broken computer parts, loans I need to pay of and my wages being late, I got to the bank finding only 500€ in my
Its taken me about 3 hours negotiating and giving him something as collateral (my Cannondale mountainbike which is worth 4x what the fine is ..) he
was content to wait another week so I could wait for my wages to arive.
The problem is, in reality, I have quite a bit more then those 500€ at hand.
In total I'm owed in excess of 4000$ by a douzen people, friends, family, collegues and 217€ by a store that made me pay an advance on ordered
goods, failed to deliver the ordered goods even after 3 months and I told them to cancel the order and return my advance, which they still failed to
do after a month. (And all this while they KNOW I'm a police officer ...)
So now, today, I've taken a day of to contact everyone that owes me money to see if they are able to pay me back, up to now, only 2 people are able
to and will do the transactions this evening, I can't and won't force the others to pay me back if they can't readely do it, I also went to that
store and stood next to them while they did the transaction instead of trusting them on the phone once more.
Anyone else been in the situation where your good and friendly enough to lend people around you money when they need it deerly and then get stuck in a
situation where your the one that needs only a small portion of the money you lended out, but can't get it back in the timeframe you really need it?