I am a freelance music videographer. I was negotiating a shoot for a few months with a client who kept going back and forth, back and forth. Eventually, all the details were hammered out. We agreed on a massively reduced budget for a one day shoot.
The client cancelled the shoot three days before the event… after I’d turned down other offers for bigger contracts on that date.
Three weeks later:
Client: Can you link me to a free internet resource that will tell me how to fix bad video? Rather than pay you as we agreed I went ahead and hired someone cheaper to film our show and I gave them your confidential quote and proposal to use as a guide. Well, they messed up the shoot and my footage is unusable. Do you have some time next week to teach me how to fix this? We can’t afford to pay you because we spent the budget and bought a new mixer for the band.
In other words, “I’d like you to work for free to help me overcome the consequences of screwing you.”