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Slept Mad. Woke Mad. I Want My Money Back!

I'm so sorry I've not been posting. I need money. I can't even deny it or overstate it. I need money. 

I've never been one who asks for financial favours easily so I have to work for mine. 

I'm telling you I need money because that's why I'm mad. The fact that I just threw away something that I desperately need. 

So last week I got a call from the HR of a multinational company asking me to make some supplies. Among these supplies, I am (I'm saying am because I'm staying positive that I will still get this contract) supposed to supply notepads and 2018 diaries. Now, they wanted me to come in and make a presentation for notepads first as that's the most urgent. So while I have access to numerous printers, I used Segun (not real name). I used him because he's the one who handles all the printing jobs for my cousin's bank which is one of the big banks in the country. I needed quality because my clients are all about quality and luxury. So I wasn't going to give just any printer. I figured that if Segun prints for big banks and solid oil companies then he's definitely the right guy. 

Big mistake. 

I went to see Segun on Friday last week and we sat in his office and discussed what I wanted. I wanted three different samples with 2 copies each. That's 6 notepads, right? So you can imagine my shock when Segun charged me N30,000, for something another good printer had charged me 3k for.  Well, I needed quality so I had to pay for quality, that's what I told myself. I needed him to start printing immediately as I didn't have much time so I didn't argue much, as long as he delivered. But the 30k for 6 notepads sounded really steep so I pointed out that I'm not one of those his big clients, I'm just me, and I don't even have money! He said he was even giving me a huge discount because he knew that I'm still a young business, so he was actually helping me. 

Err, okay...

My presentation was at 10am in Apapa yesterday. I had to go and pick up the samples from his office at Lagos Island and then head to Apapa and if you live in Lagos then you know how dreadful Apapa traffic is. I got to his office and had to wait for him to get there, waited over an hour. Immediately he came I grabbed my samples, told him I'd send the balance and jumped into the car. I was already an hour late for my presentation and I was still on the Island!

When I got into the car I couldn't believe my eyes. You people will not understand. This guy did what any road side printer would have done. I swear I wanted to die! It wasn't horrible but it was devastatingly ordinary, kind of life wedding souvenir notebook. I wanted to cry. 

I went for my presentation and I could tell that the HR team were completely unimpressed. Before I went in, I called Segun to ask; just in case we get this job I need to know how much to bill them, because they will ask. So how much does each unit cost, basically if we get the job how much will you charge me for each unit? Segun tells me that the hardcovers cost 500 and the soft covers 300. He did 2 hardcovers and 4 softcovers. 

Brethren help me do the math. 

500 x 2 = 1,000
300 x 4 = 1,200
Total      = 2,200
Amount paid by me = 30,000

Can you now understand why I am enraged! This guy not only delivered extremely subpar work, he over over-charged me for it. 

I'm going to make a presentation again this week and I've contracted another printer. I really need this job because if my first impression was ruined, chances are that they may not even let me come back to make presentations for the other supplies. They may just write me off totally and I won't even blame them for that. I would do the same! Besides, I refuse to be known as "that lady that brought wedding souvenir to show us".

I realize that Segun treated my job the way he did because he has big clients paying him by the millions so he didn't see the need to pay close attention to mine. That's fine. I've learnt from this. I will stick with workers who are young and equally as hungry as I am. We tend to work with more passion and vigor because we need ALL that we can get. 

That said, I had only paid Seun 15,000 and was meant to pay him the balance yesterday. After all that transpired and the revelation of the actual cost, also taking into consideration the work which the HR understandably just tossed aside, I was tempted not to give him his balance. 

In my shoes what would you have done? Would you have grudgingly paid him his full balance as agreed? Would you have paid some of the balance and ask him to get lost? Or would you tell him "I'm not paying you a penny more, I'm in my house come and beat me"?

What would you do? 

Ps: I paid him his complete balance immediately after my presentation. I'm only asking what you would do in my shoes. 



  1. Ill pay the fucker his balance grudgingly. Because I try to always stick to agreements. But ofcourse this will be the last time I will ever deal with him.
    Keep your head up.


    1. I'm in my house, come and beat me.

      Nne'm Thelmaa, biko what did u do to d blog na?

  2. Confront him on the charges and explain to him why you wont be balancing him. If he gets troublesome, the extra N15k is not worth your while. If he was recommended to you, also report him to the person and notify him you will be doing so.

    1. Wisely said Pynk! Chrisyinks

  3. I will pay him the full money, because it's the amount we agreed on, not paying means u are going against the agreement, he can use it against you going forward, at least u have learnt from this.

  4. Christ! Arrest him!!!
    No seriously though, you should confront him for further explanations. I will not give him the balance for duping me.

  5. Have a meeting with him for 2 things:
    1. hand over his cheque to him for the balance
    2. explain your grievance especially when he used his own mouth to tell you the true cost of 2,200 and another vendor charged you 3k also - and he still delivered sub-par work. If you have a sample of the new one you did, go with it and his own and lay them side by side on the table, with the receipt of what you paid for the new one.

    And that based on this, you will remain friends but for printing, re-evaluate your working with him in future.

    At least that's what I would do. It's up to him to apologise, or tear up the cheque, or still go ahead and cash it anyway. Whatever he does helps the earlier mentioned re-evaluation.

  6. ERM nope nope not paying the fucker a dime more. What crap! Please call him out, he needs to know what he did is totally unacceptable.

  7. Pay what? First you need to see him again and ask him if he would use his hard earned cash to pay for that rubbish he supplied. this is one of the many reasons i dont use big names for any job cos they always mess up the ones who cant pay them like their big customers. If you had told him he was the one going to present the notepads he wouldnt dare bring in trash. Even if you are going to balance up make him sweat for it. You can also make him angry too😅😈

    P.S stick to the young workers,if you get the right one you ll be amazed at their enthusiasm and great result.

    1. Seriously, if I had gotten him the job with them and asked him to go and present it, the guy would have done something extraordinary.

  8. I think, the unit price he gave you is low because that will the unit price he will charge for large quantities. (You asked while thinking of The contract you're bidding for).
    And the 30K is for the 6 samples (small quantity).
    With printing business, you pay less when you're printing more and vice versa.
    Just pay him, you agreed to it.

    1. Still doesn't remotely justify it. Every other printer was willing to do it for 4k or less. I only went with him because I thought he would outdo them all. I'm reprinting now and it's costing me 3k, for the same work with more detail and better quality. And I didn't say I haven't/wouldn't pay him.

  9. Confront him and tell him to his face that I'm in my house he should come and beat me. If I know any Oga in the police force... heck! I can have him arrested! 😒
    Rada rada! Ko loruko meji! Fraud ni!
    It is not until someone swindles you out of 5M naira that you can call the person a fraud.
    Segun is a thief and fraud. He should be arrested and punished accordingly.
    I just pray you have not lost the contract. Just imagine! I'm sooo upset!

  10. I'd pay him the balance as I'm one for sticking to agreements and for the sake of my own intergrity. Quaggar's suggestion above is also a pretty good way to go about it.
    People can just be full of shit sometimes!

  11. Quantity determines price in the printing business but it doesn't justify what this segun has done, the price is ridiculously high and he even did rubbish...if I was in your shoes, i wouldn't pay him a dime more and even look for ways to collect the balance from him, we'll go to the court and explain to the judge what happened.

  12. The deal was made, bad mistake. Pay him, let him know he messed up, make him know you'll never recommend him to anyone even though you know he does good work, and NEVER use him again.

    1. Those kind of people would call your not recommending them to anyone bluff cos they have bigger clients, but that's where they get it wrong. Thelma Shomolu is the heart of printing press in Lagos, leave all these island *tifs* . Well if i was in your shoe, i won't pay him immediately, at least i would delay the money and make him suffer for it a little (maybe on calls and text msgs) before i release it, not after reporting him to the referral.

  13. I'm in my house come and beat me... Shior. Radarada


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