Hello all, I am in business for myself. Home renovations and the like. Been in business for myself for about 10 years. During this time I have dealt
with those who want pay their invoices. Ive had to take folks to court, ends upcosting me money. Nothing huge, normally a small amount that want make
or break me. I'm the proud owner of four court ordered judgments in my favor. I will never see that money.
Back during the spring I did a pretty exstensive renovation on a associate pastors home. I want mention the church name. I was paid about half of what
I was owed. Along with two other contractors. A landscape guy, and a painter. I am owed a little over 8 grand, the other two much smaller amounts, I
think $1000 and about $1700.
I have been trying to get my money out of this man for 6 months. Invoice after invoice, personal conversations, correspondence thru the mail. Still no
money. I have went to his home, his work, came away empty handed. I have threatened court action, ignored. I was stymied. Until last evening. I found
out what he dont want happening. He dont want folks finding out he's a bum . Last evening, myself and the other two that are owed paid Mr Preacher a
visit....... At his church!! Sat thru the service, then waited on the steps for him to come out.
As he did, with wife & kid in tow. I stepped up and started asking as to when your gonna pay this 6 month old bill? I was told this was not the time
nor place. I asked in a voice loud enough to be heard by all. Then where and when, because you have been avoiding me for months. I had copies of all
invoices, copies of the contract etc etc. I told him I see you got a new car, but in the meantime you owe me 8 grand. How can that be?
He was more than livid, angry is the word, an anger he had to stand there and eat. And I made it as chewy as possible. I let him know that legal
action would be implemented this a.m. and I would slap a lien on that home and brand new car. The wifes new car. He asked how can we take care of
this mess. I said a check for 8 grand can make it all go away. If not expect me back on Sunday, when the real hostile crowd is in the house. Then I
laid the whammy, I let him know that THE PASTOR has gave me permission to attend his church anytime I want.
I let him know that his pastor was made aware of why I was there. If an angry look could kill, i'd be dead right now. I was told to come by the house,
I said that's not gonna work. Write a check now, or meet me at the bank in the a.m and get a certified check. If not I will go straight to court and
start the proceedings to sue and get my money. A whole bunch of folks heard the whole thing, that was the idea. His wife stopped me before they left
and told me she was unaware that they stilll owed me or any body else any monies for the renovation. I gave her acopy of the invoice and a copy of the
contract. I supplied her with all my contact info. She said she would take care of this mess........ I took a phone call at about 8:10 this a.m. It
was her, she meet my wife at the bank at 9:00am, At which time she got a certified check for the full amount owed.
So to sum it all up. Threats of court action zero response. Threats of lien on home zero response. Embarassing him in front of all his peeps...Wham
out came the checkbook. Wife was more than apologetic to my wife, and my wife was cival thru it all. But dear wife of mine, I was right, you were
wrong. I told you going to his church would bring about an end to this fiasco. It did. I hated to have to go as far as I did, but it sure beats the
hell out of paying court cost's, winning a judgement and then never ever collecting. Get this, several folks at the church asked me for business
cards and telling me" we have seen your work and would like to have you give us an estimate" It was a win/win for me. Embarassment, worked and worked
well. I hope the mans wife has him kicked to the curb. Peace & have a great day, I know I will. Why? Because the checking account has a new 8 grand in
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