I write business profiles for a trade magazine. This involves interviewing people at the company to get information and quotes. One time I had to interview the VP, who was the owner’s son.
Me: (third question) So tell me about X?
Client: Umm… hold on [10 second pause away from phone] I don’t want to do this.
Me: Excuse me?
Client: I don’t want to do this interview.
At this point, I took the phone away from my ear and looked at it quizzically like people do on TV.
Me: Uh ok.
Client: Thanks, bye.
I had other people to interview but his dad expected him to participate and be quoted. I told my publisher and he laughed. I wrote the article without his input.
The son’s picture was included on the cover.