It's the idea of publishing a list & posting it on the wall in the Registry that got me started. About 20 years ago, there was kind of a push for a central registry of non-paying clients, the list to be tacked to the wall in the registry. An attorney convinced everyone that it was a bad idea - there was something about restraint of trade or libel or something that he said - I cannot remember exactly what it was - that made everybody back away from the idea. No-one wanted the liability & possibly it was because of the anonymous nature of such a list - anyone would be able to post any company name on there, without taking responsibility for the post.
Of course, clients who are out to stiff us are bad guys & I've posted my disputes with a couple of them here - but the difference was that I sign my name to my posts. Mostly it was just to get their attention & it did. On one of my posts, the national vendor manager was on the phone with me about 30 minutes after my post & he straightened out the problem.
I love the blackmail thing - I'm going to try it with the gas company & see if it works.
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