I met with a client yesterday afternoon who was going to pay me after I returned her key for the condo she was moving into at the end of the month. She promised to bring me a cheque.
After almost forty years of hearing every excuse in the book for not getting paid when promised, I was on the alert when she said, as she approached me, that she was sorry, but she "could not pay me today". When I hear this, I do not say anything, but rather let my silence ask the question. And then it came.
"I went to my bank but could not get anywhere near it. There were 15 police cars, a S.W.A.T. team, and miles of yellow police tape all around my bank. They had been robbed and were closed for the rest of the day."
Whether it was true or not, I thought it was a good excuse and I will meet her again tonight to see if she has the money.