What would you do?
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.Posted 6 years agoMarkieMember
+1. Then let Christmas / New Year happen without you giving it a second thought.
Then, if you bump into her in the new year, mention it again and see where that gets you.
Also (less sure this wise, TBH), if anyone else from the group who have paid tells you how great the road is, perhaps try to slip into the conversation that you’re still waiting on some money?Posted 6 years ago
Chill, it’s £27.
Yeah but it isn’t the £27 as much as the 3 days hard graft shifting 3 tons of type 1, whackering down, cutting other high spots off etc.
Even if she had come round and apologised, saying she really couldn’t afford it because it was Christmas and given me something of no monetary value (a homemade Christmas card for example) I would have been happy.Posted 6 years ago
agreed – she may well not be able to spare the cash but didn’t want to say so as suggested above. leave it til into Jan and then make a note to go and ask again. in the meantime, forget about it.
When I first asked she jumped on it saying she was more than happy to pay. When I said it was only going to be £50-ish she was even more up for it saying that she thought it would be hundreds. She did have ample opportunity to tell me she couldn’t afford it when I first asked and before I had confirmed costs to everyone – at least that way I could have simply asked for a little bit more from everyone else – this way it is just me that loses out.Posted 6 years agotheflatboyMember
(to MF’s post two above this)
understood, but it’s almost xmas so try to put it out of your mind or you’ll work yourself up into a right old tizzypop.
as also pointed out above, you took a risk by not taking the money up front so i’m actually amazed you’ve managed to get all but one contributions back!Posted 6 years agoRichPennyMember
You have twins, right? Wait until they’re old enough to conspire with you then use their identical appearance superpowers to start sneaking small doses of arsenic into the old ladys tea. As the dementia starts to set in, gradually persuade her to start signing her entire estate over to your daughters. It might take a while, but you will have your revenge 😈Posted 6 years agoesselgruntfuttockMember
It’s all right saying ‘forget it, it’s Xmas’ etc, but if she’s done it before (the turf episode) she’ll do it again.Posted 6 years ago
Saying that I probly wouldn’t pursue it for £27 but I’d make a point of mentioning ‘how nice the road is since EVERYONE ELSE chipped in to have it done’
I hate being ripped off myself.JunkyardMember
i would hound her mercilessly for the money and never miss an opportunity to publicly shame her /abuse her
**** like this deserve the contempt of their peers – what a tight arse and that is not at all publicly spirited and at christmas
I would not get angry about this but I would never ever let it go and then puncture her tyres once a year to teach her about good turns and karma.
OK some of this may be internet hardman but I would be very very unhappy and make sure she knew this and after giving her ample time to pay and making sure she could afford it etc I would be unkind at every opportunity…you reap what you show and she has shat on her own doorstep.
idave e-mail in profile for £27 ta you generous so and so. First you make us less flabby now you gift us all £27 is there no end to your kindness?Posted 6 years ago
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