help- on what to do

This is a discussion on help- on what to do within the Consumer Law Questions forums, part of the Legal Questions & Answers Forum category; A quick summary: A friend of mine was opening a small coffee shop and was in need of a computer. I was looking to sell my computer. I agreed to ...

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    help- on what to do

    A quick summary: A friend of mine was opening a small coffee shop and was in need of a computer. I was looking to sell my computer. I agreed to offer the computer to her at half what it is worth, making her cost $200. This was in Oct 2011. However since she was a friend and the business was new I allowed her to postpone payment. I would come to her every few weeks and ask her to make a payment, but she would give excuses and then set a date to ay but then avoid me. I even told her she could make payments. Finally at the end of December I wrote her and her business partner a letter, and emailed it to them. She responded to me by text saying she will pay me that week. She also deleted the email, because in speaking to her business partner, the partner knew nothing of the situation. I told them in the letter that they had until Feb 21st 2012 to make full payment for the computer. I told them they can pay all at once or in small payments. I also said if payment is not received I will take the computer back. As I am sure you can tell, it is now March 1st 2012 and I have not received payment. I approached her several times over the months to collect some payment, but again was always avoided. Come Feb 21st I decided to give her one more week, mostly because I was too busy to come in. Yesterday, Feb 29th I sent a follow-up email to Her and the business partner requesting payment. I told them I would be in that evening to pick it up. When I got to the coffee shop it was completely closed. Apparently they closed the business on Feb 24th, the place was empty. I know that my "friend" works at a local restaurant, so I went over there to talk to her, but she was too busy to see me the place was packed). Although I still think she was avoiding me. I am sure that she is keeping the computer for herself since the coffee shop closed.

    I need to know what to do. I would be perfectly content to have the computer back over the money. I have copies of the email communications, but no copies of other correspondences (i.e. texts, or personal conversations). I am not sure what to do. Should I contact the police so they have something on record, in case she tried to file some charges about harassment (that is something she would do, as she is manipulative)? Should I continue to pursue her, even though she might file these charges? I know where she lives (she is my "friend" after all), should I stop by? I have spoken to her husband, one of my coworkers, but he wants to stay out of it...

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    Is your world really crashing down over an old computer? It sounds like they lost their butts on the coffee shop and likely owe a lot of money. The police will advise you it is a civil matter and to sue her or the business. If the business was incorporated, you will be trying to sue a defunct corporation. If she doesn't give it back, just let it go.