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A Risky Way to Get Deadbeat Clients to Pay: Shame Them Online

Self-employed writer and designer Mikey Rox doesn’t like to use it, but every once in a while he turns to a sure-fire method to collect money from clients who don’t pay him what they owe. “I send e-mail after e-mail, month after month, and I get the same, sad sob story or ‘the check is in the mail,’” he says. “Or they don’t communicate at all.”

When every other avenue has been exhausted, Rox has twice posted polite yet pointed questions about his overdue bills on clients’ Facebook pages. It worked both times: “I’ve gotten immediate responses and payments right away. Shaming these deadbeats on Facebook is my last resort,” Rox says.