So I’m a small businesman (kinda sorta). A couple months ago, a woman walks through my door who’s clearly having some financial problems. I balk at helping her, explaining I’m concerned she won’t pay me when the time comes. She totally assures me that won’t be a problem. “You WILL be paid.” I take pity on her and take her case. I help her win her case – about two months ago, and last week it’s time for me to be paid.
(Keep in mind this woman has collected nearly $6,000 in government benefits due to my help and continues to receive $350 per week. My fee is $450.00)
So I call her up last week - ok, it’s time to pay. She asks if she can come by yesterday with the money. I’m already getting kinda annoyed - she’s known for two months this day was coming, but I say OK. Well, yesterday I get a letter in the mail from her saying she’s had an “emergency” and sorry but she doesn’t have the money and she’ll pay in August.
Well fuck you lady. I helped you only because you looked me right in the eye and ASSURED me you’d pay. As far as your so-called “emergency” goes, what would you have done if you weren’t collecting benefits at all?
Now, I’m sure there are folks out there who will point out that maybe this woman truly can’t pay now, or that she may very well pay later. That may be so, but it’s interesting that I took a chance on 3 people and each of them is FUCKING me in basically the same way. In any event, you can bet that these folks won’t pay unless I spend more time reminding them.
And anyway, I don’t freaking care about their freaking sob stories because as of last week, I’m not helping anyone unless I’m satisfied that they’ll pay.