I am currently on medical leave because the illness
I have was affecting the quality of my work. I explained this to all of my
existing clients at the time and either finished up the work or referred them
to a list of designers and programmers I trust. All were very understanding and
said to call when I was better. Well, all except one client, and I wasn’t
currently working on a project for them at the time. He has a history of being rude,
sexist, and hard to work with.
Client: Hey I have a new
project for you to work on!
Me: Hi! I’m sorry, but as I’ve already told you I
am on medical leave. I have referred you to some designers I trust. If you need
the project done within the next six months I can’t help you.
Client: Oh I’m sure you will
have no problems knocking this one out! All we need is…
The client proceeded to go into great detail over a
very complicated project. I tried to interject but he kept talking.
Me: I am sorry, but there is no way I can
complete that project. I am just too sick to work.
Client: Oh, we all get colds
every now and then I am sure you can just push through.
Me: I have a bacterial infection in my brain, so
no I can’t push through. Consider this my final email to you. I no longer wish
to continue our working relationship so please do not contact me for any future
Client: Wow someone’s getting
a little testy.
Is it that time of the month?
I chose not to respond. He emailed me multiple
times, including an email saying that none of the designers I recommended would
work for him. Sorry that’s what happens when you’re a jackass.