Hello LJ members,
This is what happened. A couple of weeks before Christmas of 2009 I started helping a “so-called friend” with a couple of jobs. This is someone I have known for about 10 years. The first couple of weeks we built wall in a basement for a home office. On another job we built a bunch of walls on a remodel. And another small partion in a sales office. All this in 114.25 hours, at a bargain rate of $20 per hour. Now mind you, I have skills like many of you on this fine website, so the money was just for something extra, and to spend some time with this friend. I got $500 on January 25, 2010, and nothing since, so i stopped helping him. This ended all communication on his part. At this point i was calling, and emailing him until i was fed up. I sent him one last email to let him know that my next step was small claims. Well this friend is very stubborn, so of course i didn’t get a response. He defaulted on the first court date, a week before the second court date i get notified by the court that he filed a motion to dismiss the default. A new court date was set for June 1, 2010, but the second court date was still active i was told by the court clerks office. I show up again, and he did not. Defaulted again, i thought, but no. So we both show up on the third court date. He came with some made-up story about how he did snow removal, and the court bought his story. So today I got my court judgment from my local court house notifying me that I lost the case. So I worked for free. $1785, plus $40 filing fee, gone. This is not justice as far as I’m concerned. If you go in with “truth” as your ammunition, and the other guy has a bag of crap, i think the truth should prevail. This is not how our court system works. So I learn an expensive lesson. Always write a contract, and both parties sign it. ALWAYS. There is not such thing as friends when it comes to money. I hope some of you will use this advise. I will use it from now on. Good luck to the people that don’t. Sincerely, Falegniam
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