Actually, I think you are being nasty! I think I would have written it off as a good lesson. It's not that much money to cause all this fuss! If you take them to small claims court she will have her work records and you will have yours. "He said, she said". Obviously there was no agreement about "working off the board"......she/they thought they were working up to standard and you did not. Sound like they were mad about getting fired and couldn't wait to leave!! I wouldn't wanted to stay either with someone like you that has such a bad temper!!
The problem in this situation was not about whether or not there were any actual discrepancies in how much work was performed. The woman/family were trying to lie about their contractual obligations, only problem being that we had it all in WRITING. The offer to work was completely separate. However, the mother in the family decided to take it so much further in her unprofessional letter and intentionally falsified credit for work she didnt perform in a DELIBERATE attempt to stiff us. Then after I sent a brief letter, directing her attention to certain points of our contract, and the same invoice she acknowledged owing, she paid. With the check for the full amount of the invoice, she gave us another letter in which she ACTUALLY SAYS "the contact is silly", "means nothing"to her, and says she is only
Paying because of her faith. You know, because apparently she does not understand what a contact is for, and is trying to be all "holier than thou"in an effort to refrain from admitting to herself or her family that she was wrong, or two faced, or just plain stupid (or all of the above). If she had a problem with the terms, including price, and the explicit thirty day notice requirement, she should have kept looking for a different barn. We were annoyed that they didnt complete the work as instructed, but out of courtesy allowed them to work to a point where, they could submit thirty day notice and they'd still have been paying considerably less than the amount she AGREED to as the actual price of board.
I'm still not sure why you think I'm being nasty, or have a temper. I have a problem with people trying to walk all over us and take advantage of our kindness. However, anything nasty that I have had to say has been contained to this forum and a letter that I wrote to vent my frustrations/rebut the flat out lies of this "holy roller", but that was never sent. Instead, we sent a brief letter reminding them of their contractual obligations, including the fact that failure to uphold their end of it could result in a suit... Simply on principle alone.
If we just let people pay us whatever they wanted and did not have a contract, I'd certainly take responsibility and not pursue the monies owed. However, that contract is in place EXACTLY for these types of stupid situations. Posted via Mobile Device