But sir, the dog ate my purchase order

18 May 2007
Have you ever said you would do something, then simply forgotten to take care of it? Well worry no longer, just claim it was a force majeure that prevented you delivering.This handy little excuse will give suppliers plenty of opportunity to squirm out of the detailed terms and conditions that you have laid down in your contract. Take, for example, the supplier that said he couldn't deliver his goods to Russia, because the port in St. Petersburg was frozen. I mean, that's a completely unforseeable circumstance, that Russian winters may be a little cold. But what's the worst excuse you have heard from a supplier? Perhaps you supplier was unable to find you, much like Manchester United a few years back, because you were wearing the wrong colour shirts?
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