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Late Payment ‘Awards’: The most bizarre excuses ever received


Awards season is now in full swing.

Throughout January and February there’s the Academy Awards, the Golden Globes and the BAFTAs to recognise excellence in the TV and film industry.

Then there’s the Grammys and the BRIT awards to acknowledge achievements in the music industry.

So we thought we’d host an ‘awards’ ceremony of our own: The Late Payment Awards.

Whilst late payment isn’t something to celebrate and is no laughing matter, we think it’s time to look at the most bizarre and often downright annoying late payment excuses received.

We’d like to invite you to share the most ridiculous late payment excuses you’ve ever heard.

In the past, we’ve heard bizarre excuses such as “my puppy ate my chequebook” and “God doesn’t want me to pay the rent”. Yes, really.

But do you think you’ve heard better?

Simply comment below (we’re also accepting responses via our posts on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn) and we’ll publish the best in our newsletter.

You can also vote for the most common late payment excuse you hear below:

Voting closes on 10th February 2020. We’ll announce the results shortly after.

To ensure you don’t miss out on the results please subscribe to our newsletter here. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn.

In the meantime, you might find these resources helpful in your fight against late payment:

GUIDE: What To Do When An Invoice Exceeds Terms 

How to respond to common late payment excuses 

3 tips to identify if a debtor is stalling 

And, if your business is struggling to collect payment, we could help. Please contact our award-winning team on 0800 9774848 or request a call back today.


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