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I am apparently being stiffed by a woman in Virginia for vacation coverage work I did. sm

Posted By: LTMT on 2009-07-23
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I am not sure where I go from from here.  She told me that she would pay me for invoices from 06/26 and 07/11 on 07/22 (yesterday).  When I emailed her and asked her to verify that she had indeed paid me, she read the email (you can check on AOL) and did not respond.  It is only $338, but in my world right now, that is a lot of money to lose.  I blame myself because I broke one of my rules by working for someone who did not have direct deposit, and also by waiting for over a month to get my first check.  She did pay that one, but I am thinking now it was only because she still needed me to continue working to finish out her vacation coverage. 

I suppose I can file a small claims suit, although I thought someone told me that you have to go to that state to file.  She's in Virginia and I am in Colorado.  I have a friend in that area, so perhaps he could do the preliminary leg work for me for that.  I was also going to file a complaint with the Better Business Bureau.  I thought of contacting her clients to let them know that although she is paid for her services, she does not pay others, but I am not sure if that is legal or not. 

I am a bit frustrated -- mad at myself for trusting her -- and scared too because I was counting on the money.  Any ideas? 


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Truckdriver woman? LOL
You must have seen the ad that has the woman with the child on her lap - sm
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A woman who went crazy
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So who is? That Parrot woman?

No, it's not the Parrot Woman... SM
If you work at Acusis, the CEO sent you a Christmas card... But if I mention his name, I'll be banned from MTStars (again).

The Parrot Person is VP in charge of... what? wage cuts?
A GROWN woman?
Don't make me laugh! You attacked the OP with tons of gender-based insults about a person YOU know nothing about - only that that person would prefer a schedule that did not REQUIRE every weekend.

You ARE NOT grown, whether you are a woman or a man.

the woman contacted me last year to see if I was -
interested in training for this. It is quite expensive, but yet seemed legitimate. At the time I was already overwhelmed with my own work and accounts and just never got into it. Basically scoping is just learning how to read a stenographer's notes and then you would "transcribe" them. My understanding is that stenographers differ from each other with the way they take "notes" so you would have to adjust to each stenographer.

But some stenographers/court reporters will dictate their notes onto a tape and send them to someone to transcribe.
Geez. Pay the woman if she worked for you. nm
You mean the woman who took her time to walk me
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You people are too much.
I know who "this woman" is, but who is her lackey? sm
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But people here are posting this woman's name!
You did 100s of reports in a day? What are you, wonder woman? nm
He-Man Woman Hater's Club?
ah, old joke.
You-Lose-Ski, Parrot Woman, etc
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To the woman who asked me about Keystrokes... sm
Your email addy didn't work.  I keep getting an error message when I try to reply.  I can't locate the original post the question was generated from.  If you'd like to try and email me again that'd be great.
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