Post # 1
My wedding was about a month ago. Everything went really well, except the company we hired for transport from the hotel (with our room block) to the church, church to reception, and reception back to the hotel has STILL not cashed my check. One month later.
They didn’t do a great job anyway (went totally the wrong way from the hotel to the church and one of my friends got on her iPhone and gave the driver directions), but it was the cheapest option we could find and we didn’t want people to have to worry about designated drivers, etc.
I emailed them about 2 weeks after the wedding. No response. So I called a week later – the woman I spoke to (the manager) said that all checks go into a lockbox for two weeks before being cash (didn’t make sense to me but whatever) but if the money was not out of my account by X number of days, call back. So I called again on Friday. Manager said she would call the office in Chicago (I guess corporate HQ?) and get back to me. Nothing. I called again today, and the manager told me to call back later, after she called HQ. So I called, but it was 5 minutes after their office closed and I left a voice mail for the manager.
I just really want the money out of my bank account. This has been a heavy month bill-wise anyway, and I quit a second job so I’m not making as much as I used to, and need to get used to that. But that’s just an aside.
I’m tempted to threaten to cancel the check and just not pay. I didn’t sign a contract, although I have a ‘work order’. The last thing I need is to be brought to small claims court over a $400 school bus, but I’m not sure what else I can do at this point. Do any bees have suggestions?
Post # 3
@futuremrsfitz18: Sorry, you owe for the service you received. You can’t arbitrarily decide “not to pay” simply because they not cashed the check. At least, not for such as short time between you receiving the service and their lack of action.
When if goes into months that they haven’t cashed it, let’s talk then. I think it’s great that you’ve been proactive to flag them that the check hasn’t been cashed.
If you’ve obligated the money in your checking accout by wirting check, think of it as not being there.
Post # 4
Its not like I would just walk to the bank and cancel the check – I WANT to pay them. But I find it irresponsible for them as a business to take so long to do this, and I wondered if I threatened to cancel the check, if might light a fire under their butts to at least address the situation, rather than consistantly telling me “Oh, we’re not sure why this is happening, it should have cleared by now.”
Post # 5
Give it a few more weeks, just make sure not to touch that money incase they do go ahead one of these days and cash it…you want to make sure you have the money (and you should since you probably decucted it from your account when you wrote the check.) This will prevent you from overdrapting. I wouldn’t contact them again unless a 2 or so months from now, the money is still there.
Post # 6
Depending on about five thousand things I’ve had companies sit on checks over three months, nothing to be done, just act like it already cleared and call it a day.
Post # 7
- Wedding: September 2016 - Bridgewater Place
I work for a bank so here’s the low down. there is no timeframe in which a company or person MUST cash your check. They do become stale-dated after 6 months…meaning that if they wait longer than 6 months then the check doesn’t have to be honored. HOWEVER, you would still owe them money for the services they provided – meaning you’d have to write them a new check or pay by other means.
You also can’t arbitrarily cancel a check because you feel it’s taken too long and now just don’t want to pay. (not saying that’s what you’re trying to do) You can’t stop payment on anything that legit in order to avoid paying. You can definitely be sued and you’d lose. It sounds to me like perhaps they have lost the check? Maybe see if they would agree to let you wrtie them a new one and stop payment on that one (your bank will charge you a fee to do this. You also need the correct check number and amount for it to work). Or perhaps even better…you could see if they would accept a money order or official check. You still stop pay but the bank deducts the money for the official check right away so then you wouldn’t have to make sure you leave room for it to process in her account. The money’s already out and it’s on them to process it.
Post # 8
Awwwww That is just terrible!