Whether you work in design, art, web development, or any other creative field, you're bound to deal with at least one absolutely terrible client in your lifetime. Thankfully, however, a magical place exists where all of your frustrations can be vented anonymously and among people who know exactly what you're talking about - down to the last revision.

It's called Clients From Hell, and it's so discreet that even its founders and admins remain completely unknown to this day, which is great news for the hundreds upon thousands of creatives and freelancers who have used the site to share their stories since 2009. If you've ever dealt with a client straight from the fiery pits yourself, these harrowing accounts of trickery and insanity with first give you a chuckle, and then a long, slow shiver of dread. The user-submitted posts can even be sorted by 'client type,' ranging from 'deadbeat' to 'racist' to 'chaotic good.'

Scroll down to see some of our favorite Clients From Hell moments, and be sure to check out these illustrated quotes from people who expected artists to work for free, as well as 15 types of difficult clients and how to deal with them while you're at it.

More info: Clients From Hell, Twitter

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Hans 1 year ago

Fair enough.

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Michel M. Prins 1 year ago

Freelancer: "Yes. Think ahead next time."

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Anastasia B 1 year ago

They are the worst kind... idiots thinking they are genius...

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Michel M. Prins 1 year ago

This is the most desperate way of talking your way out of a CONTRACT

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Victor Calamity 1 year ago

He was right, though: He literally can never tell

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-- 1 year ago

someone needs to give that person a slap

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Vanessa 1 year ago

I even saw someone searching google in google bar. Yes.

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Aahzmandus Pervect 1 year ago

Did he accept?

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Nadine Ducca 1 year ago

I sometimes wonder what parallel universe some of these people must be from.

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Mikleo 1 year ago

As long the client is satisfied.

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Daria B 1 year ago

Ugh, in customer service we have a lot of cases like this "WHY DON'T YOU ANSWER ME?!" *the avalanche of spam messages was sent outside of working hours every 5 hours*. We are not a chatting service. And we are humans too, not NPCs programmed to answer any time you press the key.

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Belle_Panda 1 year ago

I am NOT impressed! Do these people even have brains???

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Michel M. Prins 1 year ago

Wise decision.

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Jason 1 year ago

Nice!

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EvieNiffler 1 year ago

Why don't these people understand they actually need to PAY for the service???

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Misterscooter 1 year ago

This is the most aware client of the bunch so far.

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Belle_Panda 1 year ago

:(((

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Michel M. Prins 1 year ago

Printing animated gifs does not work with Muggle printers.

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morgan jeffries 1 year ago

Wow. That is so offensive!

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Hans 1 year ago

If this was CSI, they would use the reflection of the car in the puddle which is reflected in the window of the barn, increase it be 5000% and hit "enhance". Job done!

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EvieNiffler 1 year ago

Tell them you accept either £20 per hour or £1 per minute for 60 minutes work ;)

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Anna Thouvenin 1 year ago

That reminds me of a friend who had a flatmate who thought she had to pay only for the time she was physically in the room. One time she went away for two weeks and didn't understand why she had to pay for the whole month since she wasn't there...

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Anastasia B 1 year ago

I had that exact conversation when I was working at an IT department. More than once... We used to go on site for support... So many times people weren't happy.

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Faramir10 1 year ago

Time to go to small claims court. (or regular court.)

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Shana 1 year ago

And some of these people run their own business? Just how.....

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Pamela24 1 year ago

What is wrong with people these days? Expecting to get paid for services not later than they choose - are you crazy? (*sarcasm*)

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Morph 1 year ago

Ummm .15 is less than .7

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DancingToMyself 1 year ago

It's kinda cute. :)

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Iveta T 1 year ago

LOL..

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Victor Calamity 1 year ago

"Why, of course it did! Legally, we can't discriminate against people named 'Bob'..."

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Elizabeth Molloy 1 year ago

This actually explains a lot ...

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Anna Thouvenin 1 year ago

I don't, absolutely don't know how an adult would actually believe that someone would do free work. But then, it's another level where they believe YOU pay to work for them...

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Anastasia B 1 year ago

Nothing fancy

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Leslie Crowley 1 year ago

//face palm

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Iveta T 1 year ago

omg..

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Ellis 1 year ago

Sex sells

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J. Pell 1 year ago

The ignorance displayed is staggering. I remember a post on Quora asking if they spoke Latin in England.

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Elizabeth Molloy 1 year ago

I've had similar!

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Nadine Ducca 1 year ago

Creating the website from Hell...

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Iveta T 1 year ago

"please don't correct me again" "can i slap you in your face???"

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Catalina Salvatierra 1 year ago

What do you even reply to THIS person?!

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Victor Calamity 1 year ago

My reply would have been: "I'm sorry, I'm not familiar with that word... is there another word you'd like to use that won't get you sued?"

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Juana 1 year ago

In fairness, anyone who does this professionally should learn how to explain and translate their work to lay people. If everyone knew and understood the details of this stuff, they probably wouldn't have to hire a professional.

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Dropbearboy 1 year ago

He's probably colorblind.

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-- 1 year ago

well but at least he wants to pay unlike some of the idiots here

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J. Pell 1 year ago

Did you advise the client where to put the 20 cents?

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LittleGrayMouse 1 year ago

*facepalm*

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Anna Thouvenin 1 year ago

He is probably used to being logged in his Google/Apple account everywhere and import all his bookmarks.

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nimnimnim 1 year ago

*facepalm*

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EvieNiffler 1 year ago

How the hell do these people maintain a business???

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EvieNiffler 1 year ago

Oh dear god... there is no hope for mankind.

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Vicki Hardy 1 year ago

Busted!

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Elizabeth Molloy 1 year ago

I feel your pain.

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Jason 1 year ago

Sexist..

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Michel M. Prins 1 year ago

Okay that's just horrible. Have the agreement of the model himself first. The rest comes later.

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nanashi 1 year ago

how? make a captcha-like test of a picture of an orange and Trump and make visitors to choose which they have more negative thoughts on?

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Hans 1 year ago

At least this client understands that files have a size. Tell that to all these people sending insanely large attachments and replying to emails with attachments always with them kept.

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Elizabeth Molloy 1 year ago

Bahhh hahh!!

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Michel M. Prins 1 year ago

I can understand that you can fool a teenager with $20 extra. ...Probably not a full-time freelancer

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EvieNiffler 1 year ago

Clients need to feel like they've had an input...

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EvieNiffler 1 year ago

In all fairness, it can be very frustrating trying to use a technology you don't understand. At least he was honest about his lack of understanding, rude yes, but honest.

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Victor Calamity 1 year ago

Half a pig for a website sounds very fair. County fair, in fact

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Anna Thouvenin 1 year ago

If they can somehow send food through inboxes, I would like to order a Double Whooper.

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Michel M. Prins 1 year ago

Well... Extra points for asking a straightforward honest answer, I guess?

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EvieNiffler 1 year ago

Bill him hourly for the time you will be spending on creating a time machine ;)

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Celina 1 year ago

Are you sure it's not made of plastic?

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Hans 1 year ago

"I can't overstate how stupid you are."

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Michel M. Prins 1 year ago

Okay, fair play. The moment someone send you a photo with him and a crack cocaine pot, you can pretty much expect all kinds of answers.

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EvieNiffler 1 year ago

Some closeted bastard wants to jump on your ass... get out of there!

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EvieNiffler 1 year ago

That small business will be collapsing very, very soon...

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Trond B Krokli 1 year ago

"Public performance or teaching not included in standard wages."

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Michel M. Prins 1 year ago

"Close enough"

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Michel M. Prins 1 year ago

Horrible client, but make sure the contract has everything perfectly written out. That way they can't rat out of something.

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EvieNiffler 1 year ago

Ok, here, have a My Little Pony theme.

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Connie Martin 1 year ago

Oy

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