Get even with a BusinessWant to get even with a business that's done you wrong? Here's a list of things you can do to cause a business owner to get in trouble and possibly get the business closed.
-File a complaint to your State's Attorney General's Office
-File a complaint to your Local Better Business Bureau
-Write to the Troubleshooter divisions of all your local TV stations. Businesses hate bad publicity
-Check and see if the business has all of the proper local licenses their supposed to have by calling the City License division in the City where the business is located. If not report them.
-Call your State's Business tax division and see if the business is registered to pay sales taxes and if not report them.
-You could anonymously report them to the IRS.
-You could anonymously report them in a letter to OSHA for possible safety violations. (Prime targets for OSHA safety violations are Factories, Construction Sites, Work Places, Auto Repair shops, Car Dealers, Warehouses, Coal Mines, large Warehouse type Shopping Outlets, Office Buildings, Restaurants, Motels, etc.)
-If the business is a Auto Repair shop or any place which handles hazardous waste, you could anonymously report them to the Environmental Protection Agency for possible EPA violations. (Auto shops are required by law to properly dispose of used oil, gasoline, etc).
-You could anonymously report them in a letter to the U.S. Department of Labor by stating that the business "does not appear to be in compliance with various labor law regulations".
-You could anonymously report them in a letter to the EEOC (U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) for EEOC violations or non compliance. (Business who do not have any minority workers can get in trouble)
-File a complaint to the Federal Trade Commission.
-If it's a restaurant or motel, report them to the Health Department.
-If an item was purchased with your credit card, file a complaint with your Credit Card Company.
You can also notify Dun and Bradstreet, a business credit rating company if a company owes you money and are past due. Their web address is; www.dnb.com They also have a collection division so if you get a judgment against a company and they haven't paid you, turn the account over to Dun and Bradstreet for collection. The added benefit is that late payments and judgments will get recorded into Dun and Bradstreet's database and will NEGATIVELY impact the business so they may have trouble getting credit or loans.
If all else fails, take them to Small Claims Court for claims under $2,500 or Civil Court for claims over $2,500. (Amounts vary from State to State). Filing fees and court costs in most States are less than $50 for Small Claims Court. In your complaint / small claims suit, always make sure and ask for court costs, filing fees collection costs, attorneys fees and interest.
Companies which do business on the internet are especially easy to beat if you used a credit card. For instance, if you bought something from a company in California and you live in another state, for Small Claims you will file suit in the County in your State. They MUST come to YOUR state to defend themselves so if it's some distance away, it could be costly and very inconvenient for them. If they don't show up, you can get a default judgment which means YOU WIN! For must suits under $1,000. they won't show up because it costs them more to defend the case than it's worth. If you paid using a credit card, in your suit ask for a court order to have the charge reversed so if you win, the credit card company will have to reverse the charge and you get your money back.
Several years ago, a TV station affiliate owed me about $3,000 and refused to pay. I filed suit, asked for court costs, collection costs, attorneys fees, interest and late fees,. After winning the suit (they didn't even show up for court) I got a court order to have the stations assets liquidated and sold at a sheriffs sale to satisfy my judgment unless they paid me my $3,000, plus attorneys fees, court costs, collection costs, sheriff's fees etc. They ended up paying over $7,000. Taught them a lesson and it felt great!
Note: Addresses for all of the above Government agencies can be found on the internet.
Free Tip :-) Just telling the owner or manager of a business you will report them to the list above if he/she doesn't comply with your wishes may cause them to become much more flexible.
For instance, if your dealing with an Auto Repair shop, you can tell them; "if you don't give me my money back, I'll report you to OSHA, the EPA, the U.S. Department of Labor, the EEOC, the IRS (etc) so they can check out your business and see if your in compliance with their regulations". " I'll also report you to all of the local TV Stations, the Attorney General's Office, Federal Trade Commission, Better Business Bureau" etc. After a threat like that a business owner/manager will know you are not a pushover and you might take action which could cause them a lot of grief. They may decide to give in because of the possible consequences.
Businesses do not want the Government or TV stations investigating them. I've heard many a business owner complain how it's impossible to be in compliance with every government regulation. They know that Government agencies will investigate their business and try to find violations and the fines can be HUGE! Few businesses can stand up to inspections without a government bureaucrat being able to find something wrong. After all, it's their job to find things that are not in compliance with regulations. They love writing up those citations!