We are a custom-apparel manufacturer who provides garments to a local boutiques. After eight months of phone calls and repeated attempts to make contact with a client to collect payment, we finally cornered them:

Me: This invoice is severely past due and I need to collect.

Client: I understand, but things have been really slow around the shop lately.

Me: So you haven’t been able to sell the product I provided to you? If not, I will stop by and pick up the unsold merchandise.

Client: I only have three or four pieces left in the store.

Me: But this means that you have sold the other 45 pieces!

Client: I don’t see your point.

Me: If you have sold the garments, then you should be able to pay me what you owe me.

Client: I just don’t have it. What if I placed another order?

Me: ….