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Thought I’d share this story…

Awhile back, my husband and I were hard at work on developing our business. He happened to know this guy he used to work with, that kept asking about what we were doing, and saying stuff like how he wished HE could do that, and “Wow, what a great idea!” Well, he ended up asking my husband if he could do some marketing for us. My husband didn’t say yes, but he said something to the effect of we aren’t at that point yet, where we can take on employees, etc.

Anyway, a couple of days later – this guy submitted a proposal to us IN WRITING. It was literally four pages, and low and behold he was our new “Vice President” (I’m not kidding!) and somehow I was listed as the company Secretary. (Never mind the fact that I am the one doing all the work, as my hubby as a full time job) In this ‘Proposal’ he listed his demands. He wanted us to pay for him to build a ‘home office’, we were to pay for his phone line, his cell phone bill, a computer complete with software he needed ( and he listed all the software of course) Oh, he also wanted an allowance so that he could take prospective clients to lunch every day. To top it off he wanted 30% of all sales from clients he referred to us. Geez, actually now that I think about it, it sounded more like a ransom note! LOL

Boy was he upset when we set him straight. He decided that he was going to open up a furniture store (that also sold jewelry) in his garage. (Yes, I am as confused about that one as I am sure you are)

Anyhow, that was so totally nut-so I just had to share with you. Has anybody ever had something like that happen? Or are we just lucky? :laugh2:

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Holy smokes! He sure is an "ambitious" fella, isn't he?! I guess it takes all kinds.

Hmm ... a furniture store in his garage? Where will the jewelry case be, under his trenchcoat?! :eek: (I just have images of this guy standing on a street corner and opening his trenchcoat, which is lined with wristwatches). LOL

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(Hanging my head in shame…LOL)

I hate to say it, but that wasn’t even the icing on the cake. To top things off, he wanted us to do a “side” project for the company he worked for. He begged us to do it, so before we agreed we submitted a quote and made sure it was approved before we got started. It was something they needed done in 48 hours, so we (mostly me) worked around the clock to complete it by the Monday morning deadline. We finished on time, submitted it and they said it looked great. All that was left was for them to PAY US the 3800 they owed us. Needless to say, all of the sudden this guy was having a hard time (supposedly) getting his boss to cough up the money. Over and over he told us that oh, they would cut a check on Thursday, or gee I’m sorry, the accounting girl is on vacation. He made excuse after excuse. Then he showed up at my husband’s job, offering to get the check if he agreed to give him a certain percentage of it!!! This went on for over two months. Finally, I looked the company up online and called the accounting department. THEY HAD NO CLUE ABOUT ANY OF THIS! So, I ended up contacting his boss directly. The guy went crazy and couldn’t believe we went over his head to get paid. We were honest with his boss and said that we had been getting the run around for nearly three months. The boss immediately wired the money to our bank account and apologized.

Boy did we learn A LOT from that experience. After all was said and done, my husband changed his cell phone number so this guy couldn’t get in touch with him anymore, and he finally got the hint. We never did hear how his Furniture/Jewelry “store” was doing. LOL ;)

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I forgot to mention that some time afterwards, we discovered he didn’t just “leave” the company my husband works for, (like he claimed) it turns out he was fired for stealing cash AND passing merchandise to his wife out the back door.

Boy did we learn a BIG lesson from that whole experience. This all happened over Christmas time, and it caused such a headache it nearly ruined our holidays. My friend had helped me with the rush job we did for the guy, and I promised her some money when he paid us. Needless to say, him not paying us for that long made me feel horrible since she was ALSO waiting. After a few weeks, I ended up paying her out of my own pocket because she was saying things like she had promised her daughter a doll, and now couldn’t buy one. I thought I was doing something nice by offering her the opportunity to make some extra money as well, and it turned into a nightmare. Ah well, live and learn. :)

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