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EXTRAORDINARY ITEMS – Lies, damn lies and payment excuses.

“The cheque’s in the post” may be one of the most famous lies in the world but, according to a recent survey, it’s not the most common excuse for late payment. Finance group Alex Lawrie, which conducted a survey on behalf of the Better Payment Practices Group, says that the top honour goes to the biro-deficient phrase, “We’re waiting for the cheque to be signed”. Rarer, but still highly innovative excuses include the following: “The owner’s been buried with his chequebook.” “I do not speak English.” “Not now: it’s the office party.” “I cannot make payment until the planets are aligned, which is twice a year.”

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