A Greedy Company Owner Refused to Pay a Contractor What He Owed, so The Contractor Revealed a ‘Fail-Safe’ Plan that Made the Owner Pay up Immediately

This man’s friend was hired to carry out installations at a TV station, but the TV station owner tried to avoid paying the man for his services. In turn, his friend outsmarted the stingy owner. Here’s the story went.

Describing the Terrible Owner

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In describing the station owner, the man said, “My first job out of college was for a local TV station. The owner was (and still is) the worst human being I’ve ever met. This guy has money, but he will cheat and lie and do anything to get out of paying his bills,” he said.

A New Contract and a Tight Deadline

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When the station signed a contract with DirectTV, things looked promising. The deal meant more exposure for the channel. However, it came with a condition that the station would upgrade its system within two months or face hefty fines.

He Got Help from a Friend

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The owner, clueless about the upgrade, asked if anyone at the station could assist. Luckily, the man had a tech-savvy friend with the right experience. He gave the station manager his friend’s details, who was then hired as a freelance consultant. The consultant said he could do the job for $15K.

The Owner’s Cheapness

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The owner thought the friend’s fee of $15,000 was too much and wanted it reduced by half. He also asked the friend to buy the necessary equipment upfront, promising reimbursement later.

He Warned His Friend Beforehand

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The man warned his friend not to pay for everything, knowing the owner’s reputation for not honoring debts. But the friend remained calm and confident, assuring the man that he had it under control.

Excuses and a Clever Move to Avoid Payment

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After completing the upgrade successfully, the friend presented the bill to the owner, who began making excuses and stalling payment. Oh, I’m a little short this month. Can I pay you later?’ etc.,” the owner said.

His Friend Revealed His Trump Card

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Instead of getting upset, the friend calmly played his ace. He revealed that he was the only one who knew the manual codes required to keep the broadcast running smoothly.

The System Required Codes

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The man’s friend wasn’t done yet. The station owner had tried to squeeze him, so he decided to squeeze back. He demanded the owner to pay him what he was owed, PLUS a $2,000/month “consulting fee,” or the station would go dark.

The Owner Grudgingly Agreed

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Reluctantly, the owner agreed, but it meant paying double the original $15,000 he had tried to avoid. It was a brilliant act of revenge. Indeed, never underestimate or deceive tech experts, as they hold the power to shut things down.

Online People Responded

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One person said, “Not really revenge, as it was planned out in advance in case (when) he was going to get screwed rather than after, but still a good read.”

Another wrote, “Decent people pay what they owe. Dirtbags don’t. And it’s great to see one of these cheapskates get what they deserve.”

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