And another thing…
One of our suppliers owes us a reasonable amount of money. (Less than 50 grand, more than 10 grand). They haven't been able to pay us because they are owed a very significant amount of money themselves (Less than 200 grand, more than 100 grand). We've always had a very good business relationship with them and consider them to be friends.
We can understand that they have to pay their staff before us, because if they don't pay their staff, they'll go under and we'll never see our money. We aren't fools either and know that they're a profitable business and so as long as we can, it's better for future relations and business to just absorb the cost for as long as we can and we will get paid eventually. The problem is that as a small business with that amount of money outstanding, we really are tightening our belts at the moment. I've even had to tell my girlfriend that she's got to wait for her birthday present (all the more annoying knowing that we're working hard and working profitably).
Anyway, my rant is about the fact that the owner of the company that owes our supplier between 100 and 200 grand had a crisis meeting with our supplier today. As our supplier is in the same building and we have a close relationship, we know each others' business pretty much inside out.
I'm sure if you're still reading this, you're wondering when I'm going to get to the point. Well here it is. I went out for a cigarette this morning and saw a brand new Range Rover Sport. I passed one of the guys who works for our supplier and said, "whose is the Rangie sport?" "Oh that's [insert name of client that owes them between 100 and 200 grand here]"
What the ****? How can they owe between 100 and 200 grand to a company and be driving around in a 50 grand car?
Even if I was the world's greatest crook, If I was going to a meeting with someone I owed that amount of money, I'd either hire a car, buy a banger or borrow one of the sales reps' cars.
I'm against vandalism as I don't believe in touching other people's property, but I wanted to key that car as it felt like it wasn't theirs, it was mine.
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