A website client of mine and I met at a restaurant so he could give me photos to put on the site and tell me what he wanted (I do my work in my home and often find it more convenient if I drive to a restaurant or coffee shop nearer to the client).
There we discussed the pages he wanted, the pictures and video he had for me to go on those pages, etc. The contract that he signed stated that the content was his responsibility, not mine.
Over the course of 6 months I consistently had issues getting content from him. He would say, “oh, that photo was on the thumb-drive I gave you” when it actually wasn’t. I basically built the site with some of his photos and, initially, much of my text content. The 6 months basically went like this:
Me: I was wondering if you had the content I need for that page.
Client: I am pretty busy right now. I will get it for you tonight.
A week later:
Me: Hey, did you happen to get the content for that page I mentioned a week ago?
Client: Sorry. Got held up on a big job. I will have it for you this weekend …
Then another week, and nothing.
So it went for months. When I was finally down to the last bit of wording I needed for the final page, I sent the following text:
Me: Hey if you can give me the text you want on the 246 page we can be done with the site.
Client: No we are not done. It is done when it is exactly how I want it. I am not paying you not to finish! To be honest, I don’t even like the site. Are you even licensed to build websites? I could have had this site done a lot sooner at a lower price and they would have done all the content. Why did I have to do all the work to get you content? And why did we meet at a restaurant? A real business wouldn’t operate like that.
This would be a justified homicide, right?