Not quite a client from hell but a story of a boss from hell that involved a freelancer.
The old boss at an agency I worked was working on some copy for a website and had sent it to a freelance copywriter to make changes and polish it up. My old boss was a perfectionist and believed that he could do anybody’s job in the agency better than they could.
The freelancer sent him a revised Word Document and came to meet and discuss. The conversation between the freelancer and my old boss went like this (in earshot of the entire office):
Boss: I just read the copy you sent through.
Freelancer: Oh yeah? What feedback do you have?
Boss: It is quite possibly the worst written piece of crap I have ever read. Nothing makes any sense and it feels like it has been written by a 3 year old.
Boss: I don’t know how you can call yourself a ‘copywriter’ if you can’t even spell. Most of these words don’t mean anything relevant to this project and I feel that I have wasted my time hiring you for a job you quite clearly can’t do! Once again I have to do these things myself.
A slight pause.
Freelancer: The document I sent has not been changed from the original you sent me. I only added a couple of questions in red at the end that needed answering before I could proceed.
After a long pause my old boss rather sheepishly made his excuses and ended the call. We didn’t see him again for the rest of the day
Public art that people can live in! More artists should do this. Turn thew city into an art museum.
I’ve been meaning to make work-related comics forever, so enjoy some choice movie title bastardizations.
(these all actually, seriously, happened, with no humor or awareness on the part of the customer at the time as far as I could tell. so, yes, someone actually asked for a ticket to “Detergent” with a straight face.)