I had to meet with one of my commercial clients to discuss some invoices and the client suggested meeting at a restaurant and bar.
It sounded harmless to meet there, so I agreed to the location.
As soon as we arrived, the client suggested ordering drinks. I didn’t want to end up getting drunk, because I still had more commercial HVAC clients to meet with on that day. I decided to get a beer, knowing the food would get rid of any alcohol from the beer. I ordered some wings and a big plate of fries. The client and I discussed the billing for her commercial property. She wanted me to lower some of the bills for heating and AC repairs. I looked at a couple of the bills and I agreed to make some changes. The waitress came by and offered me another beer. It tasted pretty good, so I ordered a second beer. Then that waitress brought a third beer on her own and I didn’t want to say no and be impolite. It was all over after the third beer. I was feeling pretty good and all of my good sense was completely out the window. The commercial HVAC client and I both drank too much at lunch and we ended up going to a hotel shortly after. I knew it was a mistake to put myself in that situation, and I didn’t have anyone to blame except myself. Now I am in an awkward situation with one of my biggest commercial clients. It certainly doesn’t help that the lady is married.