The last post with the plumber leaving his money on the table was a funny situation in my mind. Okay, I'm not bragging about my humor.
However, some readers saw some great problems with the situation as I told it. I never thought that some people would see some very serious problems arise out of that situation.
Maybe I should have said that the plumber gave me an invoice that said "Paid in full". Maybe I should have said that there was a GST number on the invoice. These were issues that I did not have concerns about in the post. It was humorous that the hard working guy left his money on the table. His fees were high, but he could have billed us for more.
One thing was different was that all transactions were by phone. He printed the invoice and sent it to me by email as he was standing there. If I had a phone, I would have had the invoice paid in full in my hand as he was taking his money.
Then I started to think that there are situations where people are at risk in any situation where an unfair advantage can be taken. I never thought that some people could take advantage of this situation by having an opportunity to lie. It's sad that some people have to live with and deal with scumbags that would take advantage of you and cheat you.
Here, there are acceptable methods of doing business. Most of us follow the rules. It works well for all concerned.