A while back my boss asked me to do a full-page magazine ad for an upcoming trade show.
I mocked up the advert and supplied it to him for feedback and never heard back.
A couple of weeks passed and I forgot about it. The magazine landed in our office and I spotted the advert I thought I'd designed, but it was slightly different than what I did.
Me: Er... What's this? It looks like our advert but it's been amended?
Manager: Yeah, the client's Head of Marketing convinced him to go with a freelancer for this based on your concept. They paid £800.
Me: But it barely looks any different.
The "freelancer" turned out to be a good friend of the Head of Marketing.