Following on from last week’s tirade against those who owe me money a comic / irritating incident occurred last Friday evening.
There I am, sitting in the splendor of my home office when I hear the rap of the letterbox. Looking out of the window I spy one of my debtors / clients racing back to a car noisily revving its engine in the street outside my house. A slam of the car door, a crunch of gears and off they roar in a cloud of BMW fueled testosterone-exhaust. And I definitely mean it that way round.
At last, thinks I, payment has been delivered unto me! And off I jolly well trot downstairs to check out the cheque.
Imagine my chagrin then to discover that (a) the cheque only covers the amount of one of the TWO overdue invoices and (b) the cheque is dated 16th APRIL 2007.
My first impression was that I’d effectively been given a worthless bit of paper and therefore still haven’t been properly paid. My second impression was one of deep personal insult. Evidently in terms of settling up their accounts I’m right down the bottom of the list and they obviously feel it’s perfectly acceptable to mess me about.
Now I could pay in the cheque as, given the automated nature of banking these days, they wouldn’t even look at the date… however, if the cheque bounces I incur a fee.
In the larger scheme of things this is only a small thing to gripe about but when I’ve spent the last two months prioritizing their (often tedious) work and meeting their company deadlines in order for them to make money it’s a real kick in the teeth to be treated like this.
To my mind it’s damned unprofessional.
I need to get me some other clients and kick these cowboys into touch.
In the meantime I’ve sent them a rather “cool” email voicing the hope that the rest of the payment will be on its way to me soon.
Does anybody know where I can purchase a horse’s head?