I have this client who asked me to do him a website exactly like someone else’s, even suggesting that I copy their text verbatim “to be changed at a later date.” I fought back, but he would eventually insist.
This has been going on for months. I sent him an email:
Me: Look, I don’t think I can continue with this anymore. I suggest you find another web designer whose professional ethics don’t prevent them from plagiarizing a site, because I won’t do it. I still think you shouldn’t, but if that’s what you demand than at least it won’t be with me.
Several weeks later was my birthday. The client sent me a voice message:
Client: Happy birthday! Hey, thanks for being so patient with me. I haven’t been able to read the last few emails you sent me but I’ll get to that later.
I think he’s in for a surprise. I don’t feel bad, though. Who communicates via voice message and not email?