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This was a long time ago, using a web based publishing platform.
Near the bursting of the dotcom bubble, I had already got screwed quite a bit by one overinflated dotcom going supernova.
So another e-whatever was starting to get shady with payments. Using the software was conditional on payment, but being a 3rd party service, I really couldn't enforce it without a real lot of legal wrangling.
As a precautionary measure, I set it to blow up about three weeks after payment was due. Not any real damage mind you, but just bail with an error message like "Something is wrong, contact blah, blah". (I was tempted to have it say "Pay me deadbeat!" )
So the date comes and passes, no payment, no suprise. Won't answer calls. About three weeks, I get a call. :)
They had tried to go through the service provider, but luckily I was tight with them. They called me up and asked me why they were going through them to try and troubleshoot it. I explained what I did and they told them, "Oh that's custom software, we don't support that, you'll have to contact the developer".
Needless to say I got my check overnight. Luckily, I had very few clients like that. Most were and are still viable and going on seven years, still working with them happily.
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