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Working at my husband’s new machine shop is becoming quite the experience!
On Monday, we had 3 machines delivered.  It was like Christmas morning until....Buddy the truck driver showed up.

I have to explain that the machines were due to be delivered LAST Tuesday.

While waiting for delivery, Buddy called and insisted that he had not been paid by the broker yet for this delivery and he should have been paid two weeks ago. It’s a c.o.d delivery.
Keep in mind that the first clue is ‘the broker‘. That means it’s a third party payment, not c.o.d.
The second clue is ‘two weeks ago‘. He has actually had the machines on his truck for 11 days.

I tell him to come over and I will talk to the broker in the meantime.

I call the broker and she tells me that she had a long conversation with him on Friday. It is NOT a c.o.d. and he is to get paid 10 days after sending her an invoice according to their contract.

Buddy shows up and states that he is not unloading  until he gets paid! He shows my husbands business partner his contract with the broker. He pointed something out and the driver says he’s leaving and going back to N. Carolina.

I proceed to call the police because the guy just drove off with our machines on his truck!
After talking to a rude dispatcher, a sheriff finally shows up almost a half hour later.
She says it’s a civil matter and we will have to sue the man. They can’t do anything.
What? That’s stolen merchandise!
According to the broker it’s a federal offense if a truck driver holds your merchandise hostage.

I was left alone with the sherriff because we were to have another machine delivered that morning from the next town over. There was yet another problem...
When the riggers got to the man’s home (where his shop is) the guy wouldn’t let him drive on his driveway with the forklift.  Ummm...how did he think a 10,000 lb machine would be moved??????

Meanwhile, the sherriff called Buddy on the phone and the guy was telling her that we had ot paid for the machines.
It didn’t matter to her if I could prove it or not because he wasn’t there so she didn’t know what he had on his truck. Blah, blah, blah!

We finally offered Buddy a check. He said if we wrote him a check that someone was going to have to ride with him to the bank.  Heck no! Who would get into this guys truck? He’s crazy!!!!!

We end up giving Buddy cash. Of course, he tried to tell my husband that we owed him double the amount that we owed the broker. That didn’t fly and he finally gave in to accept the amount that was on the invoice.

Machines unloaded after a long miserable day.

By the way...the clincher is...what my husband’s partner pointed out to Buddy to make  him leave?
According to the contract he had with the broker, if the machines weren’t delivered by the 20th, he would receive NO PAYMENT.
Monday was the 26th!

Note to self—-always ask the name of the truck driver when using a broker—-never allow them to hire a driver named Buddy!

By the way, the broker is going after him at a federal level.
sigh



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