I have known and worked with a fellow designer for years-both under contract and freelance. They contacted me a few months ago because a client of theirs needed a new graphics person. Their client reached out to me, we had a conference, rates, etc. were agreed upon and things were good.
I sent the first invoice and they responded with "Can we pay you half now and the other half with the next invoice?" Normally I would have said no but my friend has worked with them for a long time, and wouldn't have suggested them if they were shady so I agreed. A few weeks later, they were asking for more work during a meeting and said, "Send over the balance we owe on the last invoice so we can get you paid-and include this new work order when your finished." So I did the new work order, sent the invoice and that was that. Well, weeks have passed so I emailed the to see if there was a problem, if it had been returned in the mail, etc. because things do happen. No response-from people who have always responded with in the hour. A few days later, I send the email again. Still nothing.
Clearly, I don't ever want to work with these people again and just want my money owed. Should I mention any of this to my friend? There's really nothing that my friend can do, but I also feel like it is something that they would want to know? Any advice is appreciated.