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#1 Phil Rhodes

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Posted 23 February 2009 - 07:48 AM

- You're not on "the system"
- You didn't give your account number (which you didn't know you had)
- You didn't send the invoice to the right address
- The person responsible for this job didn't pass the invoice on
- You just missed the last cheque run, there's another in a month
- Payment hasn't "been authorised"
- The person who can authorise your payment is out of the office
- You need to invoice parent company A, who you haven't heard of
- We use administrative company B to handle invoices (who you haven't heard of)
- Oh, you're self-employed?
- We only accept invoices by email/fax/surface mail
- We haven't been paid by our client

And this is without the standard quibbles regarding meals, overtime, mileage, consumables, and any other of the standard corporate excuses for nonpayment.

Are there any I missed?

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#2 Bob Hayes

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Posted 23 February 2009 - 08:09 AM

- They want to have their kneecaps broken.
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#3 Michele Peterson

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Posted 23 February 2009 - 03:01 PM

We sent your check out last week. We can send you another one, but you'll have to wait until the next pay period.
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#4 Serge Teulon

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Posted 23 February 2009 - 03:11 PM

It's not the job that is difficult, it's the people!
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#5 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 23 February 2009 - 03:15 PM

- We're filing for bankruptcy and you should contact our attorney....
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#6 K Borowski

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Posted 23 February 2009 - 05:18 PM

- We're filing for bankruptcy and you should contact our attorney....


(obscenity removed) that! (Admin says: I'm getting tired of people fooling the obscenity filters in the forum. Next time you'll find your account removed.)

Yeah, one advantage of being a part of the Union. You can have "Biscuits and Books" show up and break their legs. Then the check will appear almost instantly!
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#7 Brad Grimmett

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Posted 23 February 2009 - 05:23 PM

We're waiting on payment from our client.

We couldn't open your invoice attachment...it's in a strange format. (pdf)
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#8 Daniel Wallens

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Posted 24 February 2009 - 12:10 AM

I recently got this one:
"Hmmm, I don't know why you haven't received your check yet... you're in our system. Wait... can you hold for a minute? Wait... can I call you back...? I think you need to talk to Mr. XYZ in our ABC Department... I'm not sure, hold on just a sec, let me call you in a few..."


And from a major network no less.
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#9 Saul Rodgar

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Posted 24 February 2009 - 12:49 AM

The best one would be:

"We saw you really enjoying using all the lights and equipment we rented for the shoot, and no one who enjoys it so much would do it for money, right?"
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#10 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 24 February 2009 - 12:50 AM

"We already gave you Copy, Credit, and Food."
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#11 Jonathan Bowerbank

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Posted 24 February 2009 - 03:21 AM

- We're douchebags.
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#12 David Auner aac

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Posted 24 February 2009 - 03:48 AM

- We were not happy with your work. [But for sure they never complained and used the material you shot to great effect!]
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#13 Mark Williams

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Posted 24 February 2009 - 04:38 AM

The accounts department is being redecorated
The Girl who deals with your account is on holiday
Worse she's pregnant.
Don't be rude otherwise they have an excuse not to pay at all then you have to get a summons which will usually get paid but more hassle.
The cheques not dated.
She's in a meeting and will call you back and never does. When you call back she's still not there. Oh she's gone home now. etc etc. All the time your doing the running and being made to feel a nuisance.
You go to collect your money but are stopped from seeing the boss and asked to leave or the police will be called. Someone pulls out a mobile to reinforce this.

Some firms will pay only if it's neccesary. IE good will or out of fear. Often you have to be careful what you say or do because of lefty courts. Swearing can get you sued let alone a major tantrum.
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#14 Alfeo Dixon

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Posted 24 February 2009 - 09:23 AM

Rebuttal for any of them: "That's all in good, but you do realize that you don't have copy rights until our agreement is paid in full... including late fees."
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#15 Delorme Jean-Marie

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Posted 24 February 2009 - 09:38 AM

"We always pay salarys at 8 weeks delay".... one of the biggest comercial production company in France. no kidding
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#16 A. Whitehouse

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Posted 25 February 2009 - 04:20 AM

- Haven't been paid by the client yet

This is the most common and frustrating response. I'm still waiting on three jobs from before Christmas which are in various states of completion even though I shot and cut them months ago now. Quoted on a job today which I would shoot in two weeks but which wouldn't get delivered until June. You can bet I'm going to try and get my end up front ( I'm largely producing the acquisition side of it before it gets passed to the editor for a long edit ). Ive had people try 3 month billing periods out on me. Most people take as long as they can to pay an invoice. The larger the institution the worse it gets.
The most frustrating aspect of the work.
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#17 Brad Grimmett

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Posted 25 February 2009 - 06:14 AM

I've seen plenty of commercials and music videos on the air before I got a paycheck. That's really annoying.
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#18 Walter Graff

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Posted 25 February 2009 - 07:46 AM

If you work for ad agencies it can take 8 months to get paid. They use an extraordinary number of excuses as you call month after month. My favorite was from one of the largest agency in the world, "The printer that makes the checks is broken".
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#19 Alfeo Dixon

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Posted 25 February 2009 - 09:46 AM

If you work for ad agencies it can take 8 months to get paid. They use an extraordinary number of excuses as you call month after month. My favorite was from one of the largest agency in the world, "The printer that makes the checks is broken".

That's how the ad agencies rate the copy writers... the person that has the next best excuse gets the next job.
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#20 Will Earl

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Posted 25 February 2009 - 03:36 PM

- the reason you haven't been paid is because you've changed us for 8 hours work, could you resubmit the invoice for 7.5 hours work and we'll process it straight away?
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