Yeah, I know.. leading title.. Seriously though. How can so many people be so rude and actually have the chutzpah to call the day of the event, or day before the event and essentially say. "Yes I know we've been working on this event for several months and we've changed counts and entree items numerous times, but in the two weeks now that I have had the invoice for the total I couldn't be bothered to remember to get it to our accounting department so is it ok if we mail you a check maybe at the end of next week and because the account is off moday-wednesday it won't go out until Friday so you won't actually get paid until two weeks after the event !!!!" I exaggerated a bit obviously, but no matter what their excuse is all I hear is... "yes we know you've bent over backwards for us, and it's going to be a great event that they'll take credit for (as it should be) but they couldn't be bothered to make sure we get paid on time" And yes.. before anyone asks... especially on large events, the contract states that if full payment isn't made by the day of the event, they might not eat. ( a little more polite than that ) Do these people go to restaurants with a group and tell the server... "oh, we forgot to tell our accountant so is it ok if we mail you a check next week?" Sorry for the rant... we return you to your normally enjoyable stress-free posts.