I drew up a garden design for a client a little under a year ago. Went to present it and finalise options. She said how much she loved it. Priced it and then she said she did not want to use me as i delivered the quote a day later than i said i would. From memory home life and sick daughter had to take priority. Anyway i charged her for the design as had been agreed at our first meeting and then she refused to pay. There was no obligation to have me build the garden though she led me to believe that is what she wanted. Lots of back and forth later including threats of small claims i decided to walk away as our agreement had been just verbal.
Cut to now. Quite by chance i was looking at a new job on google earth when i realised it was in the same street as the lady mentioned above......and guess what. She has only gone and had my design implemented. Its quite clear to see. Slight variation on a radius but none the less its definately my design.
I am thinking to write a polite letter acknowledging that i have seen that she has implemented my design and re-issuing the invoice. Its been suggested that i could also say that she has a certain time to pay and otherwise i will take it to small claims.
There is no doubt in my mind that this lady knew exactly what she was doing at the time but as my wife says she would not be expecting to be caught having taken my design without paying and using it.
The thing that gets me the most is the way she went on about her poor kids missing out not having a garden for the summer, yet i gave up time i could of spent with my kids to do her design. It would have been fine if she had paid me but she didn't.
Any thoghts and advice appreciated.