Registered charity sends post-dated cheque
Thread poster: Neil Coffey

Neil Coffey  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 20:20
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Jul 28, 2010

I did some work recently for what is supposedly a registered UK charity and, after a couple of excuses such as people going on holiday, they've finally sent me a cheque. But the cheque, as well as being made out in the wrong name, is post-dated. I haven't read through the Charity Commission regulations yet (and am not sure how much time I have to do so...), but this is starting to sound like malpractice. I really expected registered charities to behave a bit better, so wondered what other people's experiences have been, and would you consider reporting this kind of practice to the Charity Commission?

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Charlie Bavington  Identity Verified
Local time: 20:20
French to English
Ripped off, since you ask Jul 28, 2010

Neil Coffey wrote:

I really expected registered charities to behave a bit better, so wondered what other people's experiences have been,

Was led a merry email dance, first the bank said my bank a/c number was wrong or some old claptrap, and the bank was a bus ride away for my poor client so it was such an effort, blah blah, then the old trout's mother died or was seriously ill or some similar tosh* (I remember thinking uncharitable karma-related thoughts) and she (the client) only replied to emails once a week if at all and when she did it was still to claim the bank a/c number was wrong. In the end, I gave up. Thing is, if she had asked for it to be "pro bono" (**) from the outset, I would probably have done it for nothing anyway. Luckily, this is, so far, the one and only time I have been stiched up, touch wood.

* the frailty of translators' mothers' health is a constant source of bewilderment. Is the raising of a future translator particularly taxing, do you think, so leave them all so very infirm in their dotage? Seriously, about 50% of the people I have outsourced work to have claimed maternal health reasons as an excuse for late delivery. Astonishing.

** Which, in the event, it absolutely literally was, in her case. One of those two words is the surname she uses.

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Wolfgang Jörissen  Identity Verified
Dutch to German
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Get the police involved Jul 28, 2010

Cheating with checks is a crime! Maybe inform the press as well. I guess they could need some negative publicity.

[Bearbeitet am 2010-07-28 11:49 GMT]

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