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Sam is an author. She is writing the autobiography of Christiano Ronaldo, a popular international footballer. A condition of her publisher’s contract is that she completes the manuscript by the 30th April. On the 15th April her computer develops a fault; this prevents her from accessing the final chapter, which she has yet to complete. If she misses the publisher’s deadline she will lose 25% of her fee. Sam has a service contract with ‘PC Universe Ltd’. They guarantee to repair (or replace) faulty computers within 15 days. Sam calls Tom, an IT technician employed by ‘PC Universe’, and promises him a £500 bonus if he repairs the computer within 10 days. Tom fixes Sam’s computer on the 19th April, finishing the repairs by 10am, and Sam completes the manuscript by the deadline.
Sam’s publisher contracted with the Daily Scam newspaper to serialise extracts from Sam's book between the 1st - 3rd May. When the newspaper’s editor was informed (on 15th April) of the potential delay, he asked Sam for Tom’s number, called him, then promised to pay him £200 if he repaired Sam’s computer within 96 hours.
A couple of days after her computer was repaired Sam told Tom that she was very short of cash and could not pay him the £500 bonus. Tom agreed to accept £300 instead. Sam was so impressed by Tom’s generosity that she promised to give him a signed photograph of Christiano Ronaldo. The following month Tom learnt that Sam’s publisher had paid her £50,000 for writing the book and the Daily Scam’s sales doubled when extracts were serialised.
Advise Tom when (1)
Sam does not pay the £300 or hand over the signed photograph and
(2) the editor of the Daily Scam does not pay the £200 he promised him
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