A guy walks into the sporting goods store about two weeks ago with a duck under him arm an a brand new Nimvarus. He had just bought the knife and the edge was not to his liking. He was looking for someone who could sharpen the knife, but not scratch the black finish.
No problem, my fixture allows me to only touch the bevel, and I tape the machine thoroughly with blue painters' tape.
He tells me to begin work and he'll be back in one hour. I quote him a price of seven dollars.
In two hours, he has not appeared. I then get a panicked call that he had taken his wife to the doctor and now they were rushing her to the hospital.
(All the while the bone-head kept asking if the knife was sharp and if the black-ti was scratched.)
Like I said, two weeks have come and gone. He has not called, and I have not been paid. I am in a dilemma.
In Wisconsin, we have what is known as a 'mechanics' lien.' That is, if you secure a workman to fix your car or whatever, and you stiff him on his wages, he gets the car or whatever to liquidate. Usually the mechanic must wait 30 days.
However, he did tell me his wife was extremely ill, hence the rush, and for all I know he has been at her bed-side since the incident.
The knife is worth +150 bucks, and he only owes me seven dollars--but still, I operate a business.
I plan to wait 45 days to be fair. If I have not heard from this guy by then, I think anyone would assume that he's not coming back, he's not going to pay me or his affairs are of more importance.
What is your view? Be honest, it's an expensive knife. I'd like to also hear form people who own their own businesses. What about the duck?