I am blowing a gasket. REALLY blowing a gasket here. It takes a lot to make me blow but today is the day. If I don't write about it, I'm afraid I'm going to make a call that I'll be sorry for later. So....here's the story:
December, 2009 -- that's right 2009, I made a loan to a person that I'd known for years. They were in financial trouble like many in the country and he said that he'd repay the entire amount 2 weeks later with his tax refund. Now I should have realized that if he had a refund coming, he wouldn't have it in hand that fast. Still I made him the loan. Gee, I’m such an angel.
January, 2010, and no mention of the payment; February, no mention. In March, I asked him where my money was. He said he didn't have it. I said what about that tax refund and he said....oh, get this....the check was late and he's still waiting for it (In March? Remember this excuse for later). I asked why he didn't even bother to mention that he might be late in repayment and he said he was "too embarrassed". Soooo, he says give him another month. The next month came and went, and the next and so on. In September, I asked for my money and this time he said he hasn't been working and so doesn't have it. I reminded him of an email he sent in July patting himself on the back for the new job he got. Ha. More excuses. He said he had "other" bills to pay. What am I? Chopped liver? OH, and there's more. Right after I made that loan to him, I also loaned him one of my cars, yes, my car, because the poor thing had his repossessed. THEN, I gave him and his wife the most gorgeous handmade complete dining room under the sun, table, chairs, huge china cabinet, console, mirrors, dishes, decorator items, you name it. Let's just say it took a truck to load it all up for them.
Then October rolled around and I got a ticket in the mail. What? A ticket? And from another state! Ah ha! There is a photo enclosed because it's one of those traffic cameras. There he is, pretty as a picture, in MY car and speeding. Now the ticket was in MY name and I wasn't even there. I got in touch with every law enforcement there was and the courts, too. I got notarized statements galore showing I hadn't even been in possession of my own car since Jan. 2010. I gave HIS name, address, phone, email, everything but his birth mother to the officials. Then I called him and let loose. He knew I meant business and swore he'd go to those officials and fess up and pay the ticket and have it on his name instead of mine. Do you think he did it? Need I even answer that? So now I am doubly fuming. Here's what he did do: he sent ME a money order for the amount of the ticket. Whoopdedoo. Then a month later he says he 'forgot' to go by the officials and straighten it all out. I am fit to be tied.
In December, I had him come over on some pretext or another when in reality I had a promissory note waiting for him and a set date and amount for him to pay each month. Signed, sealed and delivered, or so I thought. We are now a year and 2 months later and I have received ONE payment covering 2 months. The most recent fiasco was the date due of Dec' 15th. No payment. I email. He says that he hasn’t had any pay check because….yes, refer to the beginning of this insanity…of the snow and the holidays! That all the companies were behind in making out checks, but he makes a counter-offer and says he can pay Dec and Jan.'s payments on Jan. 26th, 2011. On the 26th I get an email saying he's walking out to his mailbox to drop it in for the mailman to pick up. Are you kidding me. I emailed immediately and told him that he needs to drop that into MY mailbox instead. We are now 1 week and 2 days after that and no payment has arrived. Am I surprised? Not in the least. I have sent an email saying that I know he lied and that that is what he has continuously done for over a year. I said that 'should' the payment show up tomorrow by some miracle, I will see the post mark and that will show beyond a shadow of a doubt that he has once again lied. You see, this man is a minister. Yes, a minister; and he signs all of his emails, Minister "so and so". My last words to him were that I couldn't believe he had the nerve to sign anything with that title, that it was an affront to the position.
I will be so glad when ("if") this loan is finished. He will never be welcome in my home again and better not even think of contacting me for anything. That old saying about loaning money to friends is RIGHT. Do not do it. Either GIFT the money or walk away FAST.
Ok, end of my rant. I feel better. Thanks for listening.