When I first started working at a business as a contract graphic designer, the director of the company (who I’d never met before) approached me. This is verbatim our conversation.
Client: Do you know who I’m married to? The Owner of [another agency in town]. We met while working together awhile back.
She said this boldly and defiantly, for some reason.
Me: Ah… oh. Wow.
I was kind of stunned that she was even bringing this up in our initial conversation as making a point of being dominant.
Client: Well, I don’t know how you got hired here. I just don’t see it.
She said this in a boasting manner. I don’t even know if she’d seen my work.
She had a wonderful way of alienating a new contractor on the job.