I was fed up with a client for whom I sold
magazine advertising, who was forever finding creative excuses to underpay me
and had taken to asking for “little extras” – an hour or two editing, for
example – which were always expected to be free.
I quit, all properly and above board, and when
I finished I gave him my two final invoices. He underpaid the first by £300,
and refused to pay anything at all of the second on the bizarre grounds that he
hadn’t been able to bill the customers for those adverts until after I had left
Emails went back and forth for a while and he
tried everything – tying the figures in knots over and over again,
retroactively changing my contract, even threatening me with the police (for “fraud”) – to get out of paying. Eventually I sent him a final demand, with a
screencap of a small claims form with his details filled in, offering him one
last chance to pay the existing figure before I added court fees etc..
Client: Shame on you. After
all these years, I thought we were friends.
But he paid.