Speaking of checks, a friend of mine hired his brother in law to work
for him not because he needed him but as a favor to his father in law who simply could not use someone that dense in his business as a R. E. developer. Fast forward nearly 3 yrs later, my buddy makes a deposit at the bank and looks at the deposit slip and discovers that the account is down over $600,000! He calls the accountant and she tells him that the BIL has been writing a check for $1,000/day to himself for 3 yrs! When he asks her why she never said anything, she says he started doing it from the first day he started and told her it was how he got paid, $1,000/day under the table plus his taxable salary that was reported to the IRS.
So now he's furious at his BIL AND his accountant who didn't seem to think anything was wrong with draining the the co.'s cash reserves. He drags his BIL over to his FIL's house and tells him he's fired. He tells the FIL he has 2 choices. Pay back every penny of it, or he's sending his idiot son to jail for embezzling. The FIL acts totally nonplussed and writes him a check on the spot for the exact amount. I know it was over $600K, but less than $650K. No apology from either of them, no remorse, nothing!
He's the nicest guy you'd ever want to meet! Once I was between jobs and he found out, so he called me and asked me if I wanted to go do some work
in Vegas with him. I agreed, so he asks me how much for 5 hrs work. I tell him $150, he increases it to $250 and he offers to pay all expenses.
We go up there with 2 other guys and he books
4 very nice suites at the Rio. I figure he likes the buffet there, but actually he takes us out to dinner at N9ne steakhouse over at the Palms. Between about 4 rounds of drinks before dinner and another 3 rounds during dinner and he's insisting on appetizers and steaks for all, dinner was just over $1,000. He pays for it all and we get some sleep.
Long story short, we spent 13 hrs in the blazing 110* heat and finally finished, so he put us up at suites at Mandalay Bay. Next morning, he pays me $1300 for the 13 hrs of work, even though I didn't ask for any more money! He called me up a couple of other times just for a quick day job, same deal, more than generous!
Talk about cheap
I've got a 10" Android table for sale
on another forum, looks new, priced @ $125 for a quick sale
. Next day, I dropped it to $100. A friend I've known for about 10 yrs now PM'd me and said he didn't want to lowball me and he realized I'd already dropped the price, buuuuuuuuuut...
would I take $80 for it? He's broke and 3 kids
and all that, it was for his middle son. I had a sneaking suspicion he really was lowballing me, so I replied, "I'll do better than that, you can make payments! Swing by and pick it up tonight for $60 down, then pay me the $40 balance next month after you save $20 per paycheck. Easy!"
A few hrs later, he PMs me back and says, "Sorry for the hassle, but my wife has changed her mind and decided she wants a laptop
instead. Thanks anyways!" That's what I figured, like I said, I've known the guy for 10 yrs.
Watch out for this ripoff!!
I was selling a new cell phone battery
on Amazon and a buyer paid for it. I print a shipping label and put it in an envelope. I ship it first thing next morning and Amazon fires off an email
to the buyer that the item has been shipped. About an hour later, she sends me an email that she bought it by mistake and she wants to cancel the purchase
. I think about it for a few minutes, then it hits me. She's going to keep my new battery
and return her old battery and get a refund out of the entire deal!
So I email her back, "Sure, no problem! Just keep it sealed in the original envelope, unopened, and mail it back. Once it arrives, I'll refund your money." She never replied, never sent it back. LOL