I opened for $5 sketches, this person grabbed a slot, and they sent an echeck as payment.
Now I've /never/ had any problems with echecks clearing so I really didn't think I'd have a problem this time. Well I went ahead and did their sketch and they loved it, even colored it. Now yesterday, the 14th, I got an email saying that the echeck failed. I contacted said person about it and they told me this wasn't the first time this had happened. They also told me they're not sure why it failed because they had enough to send it, but paypal wouldn't let them send it until they added more money. So they asked if there was anything else they could give me in exchange and I said no. I then asked if there was perhaps someone else that could send me the money until they get it worked out and again they said no. With pretty large medical/dental debt over my head I really need every penny.
A little bit later they replied saying that they tried to send it again and they got charged a fee and lost $70 and told me to please let them sort out their "financial bullsh*t". They said that this wasn't their fault because they didn't know this would happen. Which I got kind of confused because they said this wasn't the first time this had happened, but okay, I understand things happen sometimes. So the next reply I get from them is some long story about the last time it happened and their current family/money issues with this bit added to the end "I'm sorry I can't send you 5$ for a picture but my life is falling apart."
I proceeded to reply with how I was sorry their life was falling apart, but it wasn't really fair to me nor did it really concern me because I did the work they paid for, but in the end I don't even get paid. And maybe they shouldn't commission people if their life is falling apart and they don't even have money to spend. At this current point all they keep doing is cursing at me and getting angry. They also mentioned that all of this has happened in two days.
I think it's important to mention that I'm not friends with this person, this was all just a business transaction and nothing more. I've never even spoken with them before this commission took place or after, or at least up until now.
Now what I want to ask about it, is should I just count my losses and move on? I mean it's only $5, but still. Or should I post a beware so other people can just watch out of this person? Either way I'm out $5 so it doesn't matter, but if this isn't the first time it's happened, it could happen again.
This was definitely a lesson learned either way.
Thank you in advance!