I recently responded to an ad for someone wanting some illustrations done for their book. The ad contained an amazing line:
Client: I refuse to pay upfront for any work whatsoever. You don’t pay to have your A/C fixed upfront first so I won’t pay for unusable artwork.
While I knew to avoid this client, I responded to this to see if this was ignorant or self-important. It turned out to be both, with a side of hate.
Me: Hey there, I have reasonable rates, I’ll be glad to do your drawings for you! Check my portfolio. I just want to point out that it’s very common to pay something upfront. I work under a contract, so that guarantees that you get what you ordered. Does that work for you?
Within an hour, I received a brilliant, one-line response.
Client: Eat sh*t, you lazy c**t.
Me: I’m a professional who knows what they’re talking about so you might want to consider my advice. Anyway, I will not be responding to you any more due to your language.
This time the response came faster.
Client: Hurry up and die faster.
I couldn’t believe anyone would be that awful to someone for using a tested approach for receiving a fair wage for work. I reverse searched his phone number out of curiosity and found out a few things about him. One: he has a doctorate. Two: he’s an advocate for marijuana legalization. Three: he’s a supporter of the Humanity Project and Anonymous. I’m not sure how those things in particular add up to someone this unpleasant, but it does paint a picture.