Has anyone seen or heard of harpists offering their services via Groupon for huge discounts?
I might be able to see taking slightly (but only slightly) less pay for something very last minute, but I can’t understand soliciting for cut-rate work. What do these harpists do if they get a later offer for full pay? They’re already committed to the cheap job. Do they cancel? That’s not nice. Why would anyone deliberately drive the pricing down? Makes no sense.
Hmm – sounds like one I did about 5 years ago – a last minute outdoor wedding at a local classy hotel here in San Antonio – I was booked by the bride two days before over the phone on a referral from the hotel which got my name from a contractor here – I did the wedding without a contract since I had done work for this hotel and staff before – Brides’ father gave me a check on a Dallas bank after the wedding after I tracked him down – 7 days later the check bounced, and the lady at the hotel said she would collect for me – then it turned out that these folks had stiffed the hotel for the wedding and reception for everything over the initial credit card deposit – they were all from Dallas, and subsequently totally disappeared – it ended up that no one got their money – I’ve always wondered which mafia they were all from – LOL – fortunately I’ve only been stiffed twice like that in almost 40 years – the other one was for a reception at the most exclusive club here in San Antonio – they were also from out of town and disappeared afterward – kind of makes you wonder just how some of these folks come by their brass balls – – – – –
I had two similar experiences. Fortunately my brother is an attorney. Was able to get my monies after he threaten them with a lawsuit for writing a bad check over state lines. I always make a copy of their deposit check over their sign contract. Keep a copy of and return a copy to them as their receipt. End of problem.
I hate last minute gigs because I am never sure I will get paid!
If they want to DELIVER cold Cash to me the day before the wedding, I’d do it but otherwise, it’s a HUGE risk.
I also wonder if the bride has stiffed another harpist or other musician?
Too many risks.
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