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
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3 years ago

Fair enough.

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Hans
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3 years ago

"Yep. Think ahead next time."

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Anastasia B
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3 years ago

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

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Hans
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3 years ago

Linguistically he has a point. Economically, he is stupid.

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Michel M. Prins
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3 years ago

WOW, that took a big turn right there!

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--
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3 years ago

someone needs to give that person a slap

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Vanessa
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3 years ago

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

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Hans
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3 years ago

This is what they must call "sector-specific contracting".

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Nadine Ducca
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3 years ago

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

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Mikleo
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3 years ago

As long the client is satisfied.

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Daria B
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3 years 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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Hans
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3 years ago

Very well. There is a 150% cancellation fee. You are welcome.

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Michel M. Prins
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3 years ago

So there is money for making cupcakes for the rest of one's life, yet not enough to pay the fee? In that case, go with the"Free cupcakes for life" deal. Sell them through to other people and you'll get your money out of it eventually. If not, demand the fee anyway.

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Anastasia B
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3 years ago

People are crazy

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Jason
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3 years ago

Nice!

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EvieNiffler
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3 years ago

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

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Michel M. Prins
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3 years ago

Awkwaaard...

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Michel M. Prins
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3 years ago

...That's one of the clients you want to see go bankrupt in the very same day that's being said.

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Nadine Ducca
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3 years ago

Again... What sort of parallel universe are these people from???

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morgan jeffries
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3 years ago

Wow. That is so offensive!

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Hans
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3 years 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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Elizabeth Molloy
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3 years ago

*Snorts*

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Hans
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3 years ago

Sounds legit.

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Anastasia B
Community Member
3 years 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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Hans
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3 years ago

Asshole. As simply as it is.

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Shana
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3 years ago

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

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Pamela24
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3 years 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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Hans
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3 years ago

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The customer has a point. Probably suggest to simply use a plain old CD, which has at last 650 000 000 Bytes of capacity. That is way more than 4.15! (/oh well)

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Nadine Ducca
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3 years ago

OMG lol!

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Iveta T
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3 years ago

LOL..

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Michel M. Prins
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3 years ago

"...Sir, plz."

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Elizabeth Molloy
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3 years ago

This actually explains a lot ...

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Anna Thouvenin
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3 years 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
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3 years ago

Nothing fancy

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Leslie Crowley
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3 years ago

//face palm

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Iveta T
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3 years ago

omg..

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Hans
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3 years ago

This is a realistic depiction of 2017.

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J. Pell
Community Member
3 years 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
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3 years ago

I've had similar!

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Nadine Ducca
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3 years ago

Creating the website from Hell...

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Iveta T
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3 years ago

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

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Catalina Salvatierra
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3 years ago

What do you even reply to THIS person?!

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Bored Phoenix
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3 years ago

Ooops.

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Michel M. Prins
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3 years ago

Wow, with that temper I'm sure his employees looooove him as well..

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Svetlana Solopenkova
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3 years ago

Well that's hilarious! XD I would set up a new color palette with this client for further communication XD

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--
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3 years ago

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

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J. Pell
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3 years ago

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

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Michel M. Prins
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3 years ago

Oh...

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Anna Thouvenin
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3 years ago

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

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Belle_Panda
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3 years ago

Allrighty then!!

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Belle_Panda
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3 years ago

:/

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EvieNiffler
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3 years ago

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

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Vicki Hardy
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3 years ago

Busted!

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Elizabeth Molloy
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3 years ago

I feel your pain.

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Goliq
Community Member
3 years ago

Omg... :D You're joking, right???

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Michel M. Prins
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3 years ago

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

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Michel M. Prins
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3 years ago

That took a dark turn... Almost looks like a script from a "Cyanide and Happiness" comic

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Hans
Community Member
3 years 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
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3 years ago

Bahhh hahh!!

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Michel M. Prins
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3 years ago

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

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EvieNiffler
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3 years ago

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

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Belle_Panda
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3 years ago

I know him :D

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Belle_Panda
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3 years ago

:D

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Anna Thouvenin
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3 years ago

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

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Michel M. Prins
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3 years ago

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

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EvieNiffler
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3 years ago

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

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Celina
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3 years ago

Are you sure it's not made of plastic?

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Hans
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3 years ago

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

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