My agency served as a setting for an event marketing challenge for a popular reality show. Myself and another graphic designer were each assigned to a team, to help them out with signage and design. I spent an hour chatting with my team about what they wanted, doing sketches, etc. My colleague went into the conference room, and came out again in five minutes.
Me: What happened?
Colleague: They said they had it covered and didn’t need me.
Me: Okay then.
We both shrugged. We were both under explicit instructions to do exactly as the teams asked.
Eight hours later, I received a panicked phone call from the printer we’d given them to produce the final signs. They’d sent over word documents with word art and pasted images from the web.
I told him to go to print. They said they could handle it themselves, and they did.