OK-I do childcare out of my home. I had an opening recently and after quite a few people interviewing me-one couple hired me-this was on Wednesday evening. Now-my policy is that when you hire me, if your child is not starting immediately-you must give me a 2 week deposit to hold the spot (this spot is for August 1st). So-the couple know about the deposit. I emailed them Thursday thanking them for hiring me and reminding them that they should let me know when they will be bringing by the deposit (or, mailing it-she never gave me a straight answer over the phone about how they were going to do it). no reply. Then I emailed them on Friday with some other info and again asked to be told when and how the deposit would be coming (it is for quite a bit of money-at least to me) and again, no reply. And, of course, no deposit yet. Now-I had 2 other couples interested in this spot-as a matter of fact-one of the other couples called me constantly about it-and the couple who did hire me know this! So-here's my question-how long do I give them before i call them up and say hey-"where's the deposit? If I don't get it by such and such-i will have to give your spot away". I mean, now I am starting to worry that they have changed their mind and just aren't telling me. I feel very insecure without the deposit-and, if they are backing out-I want to know so I can get the other people before they find soemone else. so-what do you think? I give them until Tuesday evening before making the phone call? Wednesday afternoon? I know it is a holiday weekend, but, this is really starting to annoy me-childcare is at a premium where I live and I have an excellent reputation! People usually run over with the deposit! Opinions please.