I would like to make some general recommendations about meeting up with members: Select a safe and appropriate place. A member asked me to meet someone at the parking lot of a closed feed store in the middle of nowhere. There was very poor lighting in the parking lot that night. I thought this would've been quick, and I would have been on my way soon so it was no big deal. After 20 minutes from the appointed time, the member still did not show yet he explained by 2 separate texts that he was on his way. After my first 15 minutes of waiting, a black Mercedez-Benz parked near me with their lights on and their engine running. I guess it was the owner of the business. I was expecting the cops to show up at any minute. I had to ditch this trade before I could meet with the member. It would be far better to plan to meet someone at a gas station or other business that is open at the time of the meeting. I typically prefer to go in the gas station to get a soda, water, or snack so that my hanging out is not suspected as loitering. Having someone meet in the parking lot of a closed buisiness is a BAD idea. People in this day and age monitor their buisiness remotely via webcams that stream video to their cell phones. If you are running late, please apologize and/or give a good reason. Being late with no valid cause is breaking your word / promise. That deserves an apology. Last month, a member failed to meet-up because he had a party the night before and he "slept-in" and forgot to set the alarm. He apologized very sincerely and made arrangements; we were cool afterwards. I would be very willing to trade with him again. Sometimes if there is a good reason, no apology is necessary. It makes the other party much more willing to wait if you explain at the outset: "I had to help my disabled uncle" rather than, "I had to help my uncle with something." The first excuse brings compassion and diffuses any upset; the second excuse seems to suggest poor planning and disregard for the person you are scheduled to meet with. If you are running late, tell the other person a realistic time. Do not say you are 5 minutes away when you realize it may take you 15-20 minutes. I know this is hard to do, yet let's try to do our best. Consider not scheduling too much in one day if you are planning to meet-up. I am highly considering NEVER planning to meet someone on a tight schedule when I have something planned shortly afterwards. This will allow me flexibity to wait around an extra half an hour or whatever which I should typically expect from now on. If I have scheduled too much in one day, a person running late makes me late for my next appointment. Read your incoming texts carefully. I told the other member, I promised to do something with my family that evening. This person said, "Next time you [are] on a time crunch, it would't hurt to mention it to who[m] you are meeting [with]." He would have noted that I was on a "time crunch" if he carefully read my text prior.