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Question DetailsAsked on 8/30/2017

My friend was supposed to fix my fence. I gave him 100 deposit and al he did was string some bailing wire ,

He did not string the wire very well. During the course of 2 weeks, while waiting for him to start, he kept texting me saying that he had emergencies and needed $40 for this and then $10 for another problem.. I am not a bank. Nothing else was done on the fence. I had to do some repairs myself.
Yesterday I told him that I to give up on the fence work. I needed to pay an important bill and needed the money back. He said it was a deposit and would not give it back. He did nothing else on the fence but the bailing wire. What do I do.

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Hmmmm - I presume you have heard the truism about mixing friendship and work ... guess that friendship is on the rocks now, because you have evidently transitioned from friend to soft touch.

Yes it was a deposit - meaning a deposit towards amounts due for completed useful work - which it sounds like he did not produce. Depending on your whim, you could write it off (and the friendship), you could tell him the friendship depends on him returning the deposit (which has undoubtedly been spent). Or you could sue him in small claims court for the $100.

Obviously he is not a contractor (presumably) so there is no Bond to cover his non-performance.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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