Several months ago, I was asked to order and pick up a product from a regional business by a friend. I did as asked and recently began receiving e-mails asking me to contact my friend for payment. I clearly stated both in e-mail form and through phone conversations that I was only picking up the shirts and was not affiliated with the company, nor responsible for the bookkeeping of that company. I also asked them to stop contacting me at work about the matter. They continued to contact me at work, first by e-mail and then by phone, and yesterday they threatened to take me to small claims court or send me to collections for non-payment. Doing their job for them, I looked up the company information and provided them with an address and telephone number. This morning, I received another call. It is my understanding that they have contacted the company and sent them two bills. I have never received a bill or invoice. It seems like they are just bullying me to play middle-man for them. Is this legal? Their continued harassment of me at work is putting my job in danger. I have also formally requested that they remove my name from any account they have and replace it with the company and contact information I provided them.
Their argument - my name is on the account because I placed the order and picked it up.
My argument - I was always clear that I was placing an order for a company and they have billed this company as well as contacted them by phone, effectively recognizing that they are the debtor. Also - should I be responsible for their bad business practices...this company had placed several previous orders with them - it should have been charged to that account. When I picked up the order they also clearly stated they would be billing the company. I never provided them with my personal address or phone number, only an e-mail to confirm that the order was ready.