I’d been working on a project for a week. The client had told me they needed it by the end of the month.
Client: Is it done yet?
Client: But it’s the deadline!
Me: What? You didn’t tell me that. You said it needed to be done by the end of the month.
Client: Yeah, but we have an internal policy to set aside two weeks for review before something goes live.
Me: But I’m not internal.
Client: You should have researched our policies before you took this job. That’s what it means to be a professional.
I came very close to being ACTUALLY unprofessional in that moment.