One day a “friend” of mine contacted me about making a Point of Sale program for his new coffee house. I begrudgingly decided agreed after he said he’d pay me a generous sum of money. The conversation after that went like this.
Client: Great. I’m glad you agreed to do this for me. Thanks for the help!
Me: No problem.
Client: So can you make the program where I can add buttons myself for the various products and customizable prices?
Me: Sure, but that will take a while. I haven’t done anything exactly like that ever before but it should be possible.
Client: Great! And don’t forget the tax button. I want it to be a customizable price too.
Me: Okay then.
Client: Great. Can you have it to me by next Tuesday?
Me: Um… no. that’s only 4 days away. The work you’re requesting is at least a month even if I pull a bunch of all-nighters.
Client: Oh awesome, so you can have it by Tuesday then.
Me: No I can’t.
Client: Will twenty dollars sweeten the deal? Is that enough? If not I can pay forty.
Me: Definitely not. This job will cost thousands of dollars easily.
Client: Suck it up b****. I need this program before we open on Tuesday. So get to work.
Me: An entire team of programmers couldn’t have this ready by Tuesday. And they’ll charge 10 times what I will for this project.
Client: Well fine. I thought we were friends but apparently you value money over me. Good bye.
The client hung up and I haven’t heard from or spoken to him since.