Creator of defaulters website owes thousands
12 August 2005AMSTERDAM — The businessman behind a new website to name and shame notorious debtors owes thousands of euros in bills he has flatly refused to pay, it is revealed.
12 August 2005
AMSTERDAM — The businessman behind a new website to name and shame notorious debtors owes thousands of euros in bills he has flatly refused to pay, it is revealed.
Hans van Heertum, the owner of a business information company in Amsterdam, launched the website www.incassoregister.nl with much fanfare earlier this week.
Dutch businesses are well-known for not paying bills on time. Van Heertum said collection agencies could nominate a "defaulter of the day" on the site to shame the featured debtor into paying.
But Business News Radio (BNR) revealed on Thursday evening that Van Heertum owed BNR and its mother company, newspaper 'Het Financieele Dagblad', almost EUR 8,000 for services he is refusing to pay for.
BNR said it is owed EUR 6,000 for a 100-advert campaign for Van Heertum's company. The station said it produced the ad but after the first few broadcasts in April, Van Heertum asked that the campaign to be halted, claiming he had not received a single reaction from potential clients.
He was told the campaign could not be pulled off the air but he could have 20 extra ad spots as a gesture of goodwill. Van Heertum did not reply to the offer, either to accept or reject it. Since then he has refused to pay for the advert.
Van Heertum is also refusing to pay an invoice for an advert which was printed in 'Het Financieele Dagblad'. This bill comes to almost EUR 2,000.
Van Heertum has declined to comment publicly about the issue. But BNR reported he is arguing that his website is only intended for companies that have no good reason for refusing to pay. The 'defaulter of the month' section is not intended for cases where the invoice is in dispute.
Newspaper 'De Telegraaf' reported that Van Heertum's company also owes one of its suppliers about EUR 35,000 in unpaid invoices.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]
Subject: Dutch news