A little background: about a year and a half ago I began sessions with a husband and wife personal trainer. These went on for several months and I prepaid 20 sessions at a time. One year ago when I still had 8 sessions remaining, for various reasons these trainers were no longer able to continue training me. They owed me $560 and committed to paying within a few months due to financial difficulties they were having trying to open a new gym.
Not wanting to be a jerk, I told them this was OK. The new place was supposed to open in July and they said they'd pay in August.
At the end of August I emailed them and their response was that they had no money to pay me. Here's a quote: "We have absolutely zero additional income at this point to reimburse your sessions at this time. Once we are in a financial position to do so we will follow through on this promise. Sorry for any inconvenience, but we are literally hanging on by the proverbial thread." Again, not wanting to cause undue hardship I said fine.
Fast forward almost 8 months later I've tried several times to contact them with no response. their email address is no longer active as is the phone number I had. But back in January they finally opened a new studio gym with a nice new website and everything. So I sent them an email through their website last month, and still no response.
Does anyone know of any resources I have to collect this debt. Sure, it's not going to make or break me, but it's not insignificant either. And more importantly, I gave them the cash and they spent it. It was my hard-earned money and now I think they're hoping I'll just go away. I may just be screwed here, but I'd be curious if anyone here knows how I can go about collecting this in a way that they have incentive to pay.