Client: Yeah, we decided
not to pay you that bonus after all.
Me: What? We agreed that I would work at this
rate, and I did the work as requested. Was there any problem with the work I
did during the holiday break?
Client: No, we just didn’t want to pay the extra
Me: You can’t do that. You can’t agree to work
terms and then change those terms after the work is completed.
Client: Yeah, but we didn’t sign a contract or
Me: That doesn’t matter. We had a verbal
understanding, and I have a chain of emails from you agreeing to the bonus.
Plus I helped you out when you needed it, and I’ve been a reliable freelancer
here for two years without any problems. You should honor our agreement for
that reason at the very least. If you don’t, I’ll be forced to sue you.
Client: Fine, whatever! I’ll have payroll cut
you another check. I mean, it’s not like it’s my money anyway.
Me: Which is why I don’t understand why you were
trying to cheat me out of it.