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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2 years ago

Fair enough.

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Michel M. Prins
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2 years ago

Freelancer: "Yes. Think ahead next time."

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Anastasia B
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2 years ago

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

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Michel M. Prins
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2 years ago

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

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Victor Calamity
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2 years ago

He was right, though: He literally can never tell

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--
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2 years ago

someone needs to give that person a slap

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Vanessa
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2 years ago

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

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Aahzmandus Pervect
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2 years ago

Did he accept?

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Nadine Ducca
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2 years ago

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

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Mikleo
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2 years ago

As long the client is satisfied.

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Daria B
Community Member
2 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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Belle_Panda
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2 years ago

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

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nimnimnim
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2 years ago

Oof.

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Michel M. Prins
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2 years ago

Wise decision.

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Jason
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2 years ago

Nice!

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EvieNiffler
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2 years ago

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

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Misterscooter
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2 years ago

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

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Belle_Panda
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2 years ago

:(((

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Michel M. Prins
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2 years ago

Printing animated gifs does not work with Muggle printers.

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morgan jeffries
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2 years ago

Wow. That is so offensive!

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Hans
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2 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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EvieNiffler
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2 years ago

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

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Anna Thouvenin
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2 years 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
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2 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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Faramir10
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2 years ago

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

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Shana
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2 years ago

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

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Pamela24
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2 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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Morph
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2 years ago

Ummm .15 is less than .7

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DancingToMyself
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2 years ago

It's kinda cute. :)

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Iveta T
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2 years ago

LOL..

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Victor Calamity
Community Member
2 years ago

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

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Elizabeth Molloy
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2 years ago

This actually explains a lot ...

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Anna Thouvenin
Community Member
2 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...

Belle_Panda
Community Member
2 years ago

I guess this is a certain type of people...? Not the average person?... :D

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Leslie Crowley
Community Member
2 years ago

Because of people like this, I require payment up front; 50% down payment and 50% upon completion. Even so, I still encounter some bullsh*t like this. Just write it down as a loss and move on...

Sergio Bicerra Descalzi
Community Member
2 years ago

Yeah, and never give a final design, just a sample with a watermark all over it.

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Dropbearboy
Community Member
2 years ago

*Sniff Sniff* I smell a lawsuit.

Michel M. Prins
Community Member
2 years ago

This client is both a liar and an idiot. One of the worst combinations possible.

Elizabeth Molloy
Community Member
2 years ago

Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa?????

Ginger Pan
Community Member
2 years ago

You should have said, "I owe you -X dollars." (That's a minus sign)

Raphaëlle Rb
Community Member
2 years ago

This one is so much... I don't have words for this kind of human o_o I can't even understand how does he reason... Did he really think that someone would pay him to...work for him ?! *coming into a hair salon* - "Hello ! I need a haircut ! I'll take 45€ for letting you do that ! Thanx !"

Laura Perkinson
Community Member
2 years ago

Please tell me you sent this to collections?

Krista Taylor
Community Member
2 years ago

Wait, whaaaa? Amazing.

Thomas Meyer
Community Member
2 years ago

I like his way of looking at the world. He probably sues every restaurant he has eaten at.

Teri Donovan
Community Member
2 years ago

Hence the reason I don't even start without a 50% downpayment, additional 25% when the rough work is done and the balance once they have reviewed and ok'd the final. No money, no files.

Paula Hannon
Community Member
2 years ago

I wonder if some of these people are trying to scam workers out of their money by playing dumb.

FullSpectrum Survivalist
Community Member
2 years ago

What Government entity was this?

Gustavo Dreyer
Community Member
2 years ago

I´ve been trought a lot of strange situations in this line of work, but this one is a first...

DarkLumiya
Community Member
2 years ago

how the hell does that make any sense, was this person legally retarded

Valéria Ščerbová
Community Member
2 years ago

You are kidding, right????????????

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Anastasia B
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2 years ago

Nothing fancy

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Leslie Crowley
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2 years ago

//face palm

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Iveta T
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2 years ago

omg..

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Ellis
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2 years ago

Sex sells

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J. Pell
Community Member
2 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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2 years ago

I've had similar!

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Nadine Ducca
Community Member
2 years ago

Creating the website from Hell...

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Iveta T
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2 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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2 years ago

What do you even reply to THIS person?!

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Victor Calamity
Community Member
2 years 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
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2 years 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
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2 years ago

He's probably colorblind.

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--
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2 years ago

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

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J. Pell
Community Member
2 years ago

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

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LittleGrayMouse
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2 years ago

*facepalm*

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Anna Thouvenin
Community Member
2 years ago

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

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nimnimnim
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2 years ago

*facepalm*

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EvieNiffler
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2 years ago

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

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EvieNiffler
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2 years ago

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

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Vicki Hardy
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2 years ago

Busted!

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Elizabeth Molloy
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2 years ago

I feel your pain.

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Jason
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2 years ago

Sexist..

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Michel M. Prins
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2 years ago

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

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nanashi
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2 years 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
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2 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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2 years ago

Bahhh hahh!!

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Michel M. Prins
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2 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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2 years ago

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

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EvieNiffler
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2 years 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
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2 years ago

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

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Anna Thouvenin
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2 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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2 years ago

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

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EvieNiffler
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2 years ago

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

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