I was asked to fly to Vegas and perform forensic recovery of a company’s email server and desktop computers in preparation for litigation in May of last year. I extracted the hard drives, hand-carried them to my lab in Charlotte, and began the process of recovering the data. The clients received regular updates. I returned the data to the clients; they asked if I could then extract 250k emails and voice mails from opposing counsel’s discovery. I performed this task as well in August.
Here’s where it gets good.
They asked if I would continue to work on this task on the trade show booth while they were at a convention rather than in their offices. I agreed as I would have access to the company owner.
By ‘forensic recovery’ the company employees actually meant ‘sell retail items for us at the show so we can party and drink in Vegas.’
I had not yet been paid, so I didn’t walk off the floor.
Late, when presented the invoice for hundreds of hours of work:
Client: But, you did this for fun, didn’t you? You got to hang out with us in Vegas and that’s fun!
This, despite a clear contract.
To this date, they haven’t paid me.