Posted by Bill Gatten on December 20, 1999 at 20:44:24:
Yes it is. But…
I would suggest calling him and ask if he intends to pay you waht he owes you. If he says “Yes,” then tell him sweetly that you have his check. and suggest that if he’d like to meet you at the bank (his), you’d be happy to hand it over to him there. This might put him on the spot enough (if you act quickly enough) to write you a check that you can cash as soon as he deposits his.
If he doesn’t cooperate there’s nothing you can do about it (you can’t keep his mail); but forcing someone into either lying or doing the right thing, I find, will often times (well…sometimes) avoid hassles later on down the road.
The poor man’s Dear Abby