I live on a private lane (ie, potholed muddy mess) along with several other homeowners.
I recently decided that it needed repairing so I went round all the neighbours, told them of my plans and asked if they would be happy contributing towards the cost of materials (which I estimated to cost around £50 per resident)
Everyone said they were happy to pay and thanked me for doing it. So I sent a flyer around everyone outlining what I would be doing and asking them to pay promptly as I had paid for the materials/equipment hire etc.
Everyone paid within a couple of days/popped round to personally say thank you/ply me with wine etc.
Apart from one resident - so I popped around to her house at the weekend and she said she hadn't seen the leaflet but said she would write me a cheque out that evening. Which I still haven't received.
Now I am really pissed off - I did this as a huge favour to everyone as no-one has done a thing about it in the 8 years I have been there, I took three days off work that I could have spent with my family, instead getting cold and wet and knackered and this woman hasn't had the common decency to stump up the £27 it eventually cost her - so that means the repairs have cost me £54 + all the effort of planning and doing the work.
So - do I put this down to experience and wait for Karma to catch up with her or do I go back round a second time and ask again for the money - it isn't as if I *need* the money but right now it is the principle of the fact she seems to be thinking she can get away with bullshitting me.