Hi cari081326 Looks like you joined in August, so welcome to NotaryCafe. This is a great forum. Very helpful.
For the record, I assure you I am absolutely NO ONE, just a notary signing agent like you. I stated my personal opinions in my original NotaryCafe post, that is all.
I was not directing my post/personal opinion at you or at anyone specifically. But I am sorry some people took my post personally and/or were offended by it. I am sorry if this struck a nerve. I find the name calling in the NotaryCafe forum unprofessional and frankly, risky. But it was not intended as a jab at you specifically, Cari, for what you are going through.
Do a search in the NotaryCafe forum of words such as “scam”, “cheat”, “thief”, “liar”, or “crook”, etc., and read through those threads and you can see what I was cringing about. There is great risk in calling someone names in a public forum. Name calling a public figure is different from name calling a a private person.
My point remains that it is possible to relate a negative experience without resorting to name calling.
It is possible to say so-and-so at XYZ company refused to pay me – without saying so-and-so at XYZ company is a (derogatory term) for not paying me.
It is possible to say I will never accept assignments from XYZ company because I did not get paid.
And it is possible to say in a forum like this that I do not agree with what is being said without also making it personal. Several have disagreed with my post already without including snide remarks.
I am very sorry to hear you have been not been paid $500+ from a signing company. I can certainly understand how this could cause you to become angry and frustrated, Cari.
I assure you I do live in reality. And like nearly every other human being on the planet, I too have responsibilities and bills to pay.
Fortunately I have been paid for all of the work I have completed. I have been frustrated by a few very late payments, and I have had to send invoice reminders in order to get paid. But I have never been flat out stiffed by any hiring company. I am sorry to hear that you are having such difficulty getting paid.
For notaries who are unsuccessful in getting paid for the work they have completed, I highly recommend keeping track of any/all non-payments and then asking a tax professional about offsetting these losses come tax time. This is just a suggestion. It is what I would do if it ever happens to me.
Cari, I wish you and all notaries here in this forum good luck.