This is a story from years ago when I worked in construction. My father, brother, and I formed a three-man crew handling maintenance for a local landlord.
All money transactions from the client – be it paychecks, utility payments, materials, etc. – were handled through an intermediary… and this is where we hit our problem.
The woman who handled the checks had it in for us. It seems that her husband had been the client’s maintenance man before us, but he was fired for incompetence. I guess she thought if she could scare us off then the client would have no choice but to hire her husband again.
First, she would simply take as long as possible to write checks. We learned quickly that if we wanted a paycheck by the end of the business day then we had to get on her as soon as her office opened. When that wasn’t enough, she would come up with excuses to not pay us.
On one memorable occasion, she was given money with the specific written instruction (I saw the memo myself) that it was for us. She instead used it to pay a water bill that wasn’t even due yet, forcing us to wait another month until the client could collect rent again and pay us from it. When my brother went to talk to her about this she called the police on him.
Fortunately for us, literally everyone else involved liked us. The client liked us, her boss liked us… even the police officer took our side. If it hadn’t been for that I doubt we would have ever seen a single penny out of her.