I was talking to the Financial Controller of a large legal firm once when the phone rang. “Sorry about this”, he said, and took the call. “Yes. Hang on I’ll check.“
He opened his top desk drawer, rifled through a pile of cheques and returned to the phone call. “Yes, we do have the account. If it hasn’t been paid yet, I’ll get it organised for you today. Straight away. Sure. Yes. No problems. Bye.”
He hung up. “What was that all about,” I asked.
“That was one of our larger creditors,” he explained. “Times are tough right now. That’s why we’ve got you here. I’m holding a few cheques back and not mailing them out to some of them until they phone. When they do, I’ll pay. If they don’t, I’ll hang on to them a while longer!”