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bouncing check

Discussion in 'Business Fundamentals' started by First Responder, Feb 27, 2014.

  1. First Responder

    First Responder Senior Member
    from 48015
    Messages: 256

    Knock on wood this is only the second bounced check issue I have ever had to deal with. First one was an HOA changing management companies, they paid the additional fees, re - issued a check all good. This last one is from an electrical contractor, who bounced a check and has been giving me the run around.....obviously service is suspended, there is a signed contract too. I have heard you can go to the police and file a report regarding bounced checks??? I there any truth to that? Anyone ever done that? What else can I do? Besides the phone calls, emails, and mailing out invoices with all the additional fees attached??? Any suggestions or personal experience would be greatly appreciated!
    Thank you!
     
  2. kimber750

    kimber750 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,608

    Around here you can take bad check to district justice. They will subpena the person to court. Now the crappy part is as long as the make payments, be it a dollar a week, no further action will be taken. They don't pay that is when sheriff starts to get involved.
     
  3. GL&M

    GL&M Senior Member
    from PA
    Messages: 223

    send the cops,

    You will get a better response when the officer shows up requesting payment or having charges filed for bad checks. I screwed around with one customer for months based on promises to pay. Never paid the bill. Sent the cops with a copy of the check. He told them to settle up within a week or he would be back to file charges. I got paid.

    Kimber is correct also. Unfortunately getting the sheriff involved also costs you more money.
     
  4. kimber750

    kimber750 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,608

    Well all my bad checks do come from renters. DJ and sheriff are a necessary part to be able to evict if needed.
     
  5. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    bounce check is a lot different then not paying and getting a judgement.Bounced checks are fraud and courts do go for that. When they hear up to yr in jail they find the wallet fast!
     
  6. First Responder

    First Responder Senior Member
    from 48015
    Messages: 256

    So basically I should just go the the police department, bring the check? Do I go to the city that my business is located in or the city of the property? Sorry about all the questions, I really appreciate all of the input!
     
  7. Antlerart06

    Antlerart06 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,437

    Only had one this year but they said will issue me another check +the fees I haven't seen its been a week
    Work for the food place since it came here in the 80s this was the first time
     
  8. SnowGuy73

    SnowGuy73 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 24,868

    Find where they are and knock on the door.

    I've done this plenty of times!
     
  9. First Responder

    First Responder Senior Member
    from 48015
    Messages: 256

    I think sometimes it just an over sight in most cases, but my customer is definitely avoiding and his employees keep giving me the run around!!! Btw...thanks for all you help with the atv info a while back!
     
  10. First Responder

    First Responder Senior Member
    from 48015
    Messages: 256

    Believe me I have been pondering that. I definitely do that with my residential customers....lol....I remember one time I followed them to the atm machine! Just unsure about commercial customers, as I am sure I won't get past the reception area.
     
  11. Whiffyspark

    Whiffyspark 2000 Club Member
    from SOMD
    Messages: 2,402

    Can't hear to try

    If it's a customer you don't care about make a scene. If it is one you care about ask to speak directly with him.
     
  12. First Responder

    First Responder Senior Member
    from 48015
    Messages: 256

    Lol.....I can see it now...."get the crazy chick some $". No way, once I get my $, I am done with this guy. In fact I call the city every snow fall to complain about the city walks not being cleared, no sure if they are getting tickets, but it make me feel better....and that's all that matters!
     
  13. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,853

    Go to the sheriff department.
     
  14. CHCSnowman

    CHCSnowman Senior Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 138

    We go to Prosecutors office with checks....they will prosecute them, then you can sue them in small claims if need be, since the check is your evidence. Don't let anyone take that check from you though, unless you get cash.
     
  15. Urdum2

    Urdum2 Member
    Messages: 34

    Try this first.... When someone issues a check, let's say 1000.00 dollars, and it doesn't have sufficient funds but more than likely they have money in their account. How much is the question??? You can re issue and take the bounce check to the bank twice....lets say you have someone call and ask if a 900.00 check would clear... And the bank says yes.... What do you do... Walked into the bank deposited a 100.00 into their account and then cash their check for the 1000.00... You do the math... So depending on the amount and your bank .... This can work....and has worked.... Hope it help
     
  16. kimber750

    kimber750 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,608

    For me it is where the rental property is located. Should be the same as where the service was giving.
     
  17. kimber750

    kimber750 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,608

    You can come put some money in my account if you want. payup
     
  18. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,853

    I'm confused.

    Why would I deposit $100 into their account? I'm still short $100.

    Maybe I don't get it.
     
  19. Urdum2

    Urdum2 Member
    Messages: 34

    Guess you can give that lawyer, a hundred or pay for sheriff to serve, or gas money running back and forth, but all I know is I am not out 1000.00 only a 100.....I only have to hound them for the hundred I deposited into their account....
     
  20. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,853

    Not sure going to the sheriff's office costs anything. And fees\costs can be recovered in small claims court.

    Going to the bank does not cost anything in gas?