At this point in the story, I’ve already put in about a month and a half into a website for a small nonprofit, as part of a signed agreement. I had to bring in my computer to show them the work I’ve done because it wasn’t rendering correctly on their machines. They were also in the process of getting payment approved with their parent company. At least, this was the state of things until I asked their IT admin for the wifi password.
Me: I’m a web developer helping these guys out with a project. May I have the wifi password I can show them the work I’ve done so far?
Client: Do you work here?
Me: No, not as an official employee.
Client: Then no, you cannot have access to our internet. Outsiders are not allowed internet here.
I must have looked confused. I’ve worked in IT and I know that you can track users with client management software in case they do anything against your terms of conduct. I just didn’t understand.
Client: Is there a problem?
Me: That’s just a little strange to me. I’m sorry to have bothered you. I’ll figure something out.
Client: You said you were a developer right? Why don’t you just run wifi over your phone?
Me: I’d rather not run up my data costs for something like this. I’ll figure something out, we might just go to a coffee shop.
He insists that, because I’m a developer, I should have had this handled already. I thought I had handled it by making sure the company had wifi I could use, but apparently there was a miscommunication.
Anyways, I showed them the state of the project and left. Halfway home, I got a call telling me that the IT admin had made a huge fit to administration about the misuse of wifi access, so, naturally, they shut the whole project down.