I have been working as freelance costume designer and maker with a very small company. I’ve heard from other freelancers who’ve worked with them that they often didn’t get paid for their work. As the company was closing for Christmas and New Year and I hadn’t been paid yet, I told them I wouldn’t be returning until they paid me. A few days later, a random sum of money appeared in my account from the company.
Me: I see you paid me, but you owe me $1600, not the $1253.20 you transferred me. How did you come up with that number?
Client: We actually lost your time card and had no idea how much we owed you. We just picked a random number and gave it to you. Do you like the 20 cents?
Thankfully I took photos of my time card, so I will be getting the remainder paid in the New Year.