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I sell Avon and I have a customer who is 3 months late paying me, has given me 2 bad checks and a string of excuses on why she can't pay me right away. Usually it's "i'll come friday" and then she doesn't show. Her latest one is that her and her husband are having issues and he's being an ***** and wont give her any money.
I'm not really sure what I can do about this. any ideas??
Did you give her the order before payment? If so, you should check with your local police department on the statute of limitation for theft. If it's still possible, you can file charges.
If you didn't (and hopefully this is the case) then refuse anymore business from her and see if you can't sell her order to some other clients for, maybe, a discounted price? To at least cover the money you had to shell out for it.
Just as a word of advice, if you're going to take checks that's fine but don't ever give away the product/service until they've cleared, or just don't take checks at all and keep it to cash or money orders. Unfortuantely sometimes a hard lesson ends up being learned (I'm sure we've all been burned at one time or another).
You can try to take her to small claims court and tack on the fees to your amount so you can recover those. You'd probably win the case if you have copies of the NSF checks and she'd have to pay or they'd issue a warrant for her arrest.
Other than taking her to small claims court (no attorney needed) there's really not a whole lot else you can do.
Good luck hope you get your money back, if not at least it's a lesson learned and it won't happen again.
Ouch! That's a lot of money. Like Meghan said, probably should avoid giving products before payment has cleared, in the future.
You're in Canada, yeah? According to this: Canadian Laws About Bad Checks | eHow.com You can file a False Pretenses case against her since she wrote you that check while not being able to cover it. I don't know anything about legal procedure in Canada but it's something to look into.
I wish you luck! It's definitely something to not take lightly.
Just my 2 cents, never give products without recieving payment, it's just like going to a store and stealing. She got her stuff and your poop out of luck and she knows it. I would have stopped letting her purchase stuff after the first time she didn't pay, why you would let it get to $640.00 just blows my mind.
Other than that i'd try what the other ladies said and also ask Avon what they suggest you do.