A friend of my girlfriend met with us and asked me to design a site for her ‘new political party.’ As a favor, I agreed to be paid after the work was completed, since she was ‘such a good friend.’
I moonlighted for several weeks attending to her every whim on the site, and I ending up logging 136 hours creating a comprehensive website for her campaign.
As the project neared completion, she began asking me to transfer the site and all the graphic assets over to her domain, ‘just in case I get hit by a bus or something and she can’t access the site.’
After finishing the site, which she herself expressed gratitude at how ‘beautiful’ and ‘amazing’ it was, she then refused to pay a cent because I am not a US citizen and she isn’t worried about ‘being put in jail for paying someone who is not a citizen.’
I can’t afford the legal representation to sue this person, and she owes me over $5,000.