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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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
Community Member
2 years ago

Did he accept?

jp
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2 years ago

asking the real questions

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Cats999
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2 years ago

Wait hold on the husband shouldn't be the one that gets to decide that

Rainbo
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2 years ago

I was thinking the same thing.

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nazan fidan
Community Member
2 years ago

gross

J Browne
Community Member
2 years ago

This makes me ill. My dad grew up in Butte MT a very rough mining town then. He said that there were prostitutes there and it was accepted. However if a man ever rolled into town and tried to become someone's pimp he was escorted out of town after being beaten to a bloody pulp and told not to come back.

DancingToMyself
Community Member
2 years ago

Can someone please explain me, why people in States say for actress in porn movies "Porn star" (they aren't ALL so profoundly popular with VIP status, right?), and for "normal" type of actress say just that - "an actress"? I've never understood exactly why is that. Thank you. :)

Sergio Bicerra Descalzi
Community Member
2 years ago

Oh I get it, you ask why Hollywood type actresses are called just like that, and porn actresses are Porn Stars... Maybe is a name given by the porn industry yo make them feel special 😊

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Mikleo
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2 years ago

Once a week for how long? A month? A year?

Aahzmandus Pervect
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2 years ago

He just said "once a week", so I presume it's an indefinite arrangement.

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Gwen Johnson-Brown
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2 years ago

Oy.

Ellis
Community Member
2 years ago

How is this a client from hell?

Laury M.
Community Member
2 years ago

Offering sexual services from his wife unprompted as payment is pretty damn creepy. Also doesn't pay the bills.

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Victor Calamity
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2 years ago

Sooo....just out of curiosity: what is the client's name and address?

Hans
Community Member
2 years ago

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

layne
Community Member
2 years ago

(Uffa! - to self) I only accept monetary value for my art, skills & time.

Lyone Fein
Community Member
2 years ago

yuck

Allana Rose
Community Member
2 years ago

Ewwww sounds so slimy.

GollyRojer
Community Member
2 years ago

The offer is certainly, um... appealing, but I don't care for your wife's health plan.

Kate Baxter
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2 years ago

OMG! words fail me.

Princess Jade
Community Member
2 years ago

Ew!

Reid Fisher
Community Member
2 years ago

for how long .. ?

Adriana E. Henricy
Community Member
2 years ago

Nice, BUT. that wont pay the bills

Sasy
Community Member
2 years ago

If she is a porn star, I am sure that is exactly how the bills are being payed

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Katharine Lancaster
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2 years ago

WTF?!

Katie Fallon
Community Member
2 years ago

Um, I think we're all waiting for the conclusion to this story.

Dario Agrillo
Community Member
2 years ago

VAT and STD included...

Laura Perkinson
Community Member
2 years ago

And did you?

Kami
Community Member
2 years ago

Her husband is a pimp?

Crappy Annoying Google-
Community Member
2 years ago

Sounds like he's getting screwed. ; )

Thomas Meyer
Community Member
2 years ago

Charming currency.

Kim Lorton
Community Member
2 years ago

The man from BLOW ME!

Lu
Community Member
2 years ago

The visits to the doctor afterwards will cost more than that.

endelbendel
Community Member
2 years ago

Barter. Nothing wrong with it. Unethical in certain professions.

Bobby Clemente
Community Member
2 years ago

Dude said, no offense, but I wouldn't do her with you BEEP......

John Smith
Community Member
2 years ago

Ummm...gross! How many other, webtechs, electricians, construction workers, taxi drivers, waiters, and workers in any field have received the same offer? Yuck! Run, don’t walk, from that offer, and from those people in general!

Dave Paquette
Community Member
2 years ago

hahaha lol \

Jaswinder Singh
Community Member
2 years ago

Sexy choice 😉😉

Community Member
2 years ago

Pretty awkward if you were a girl...

Alex Newell
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2 years ago

Pretty awkward to assume they couldn't be gay...

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Lonely Dragon
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2 years ago

That's pretty funny though

Elizabeth Molloy
Community Member
2 years ago

=(

Kai Spangenberg
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2 years ago

If it were me, I'd rather sleep with him!

Sick Boy
Community Member
2 years ago

I fail to see a bad side of this.

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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
Community Member
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
Community Member
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
Community Member
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...

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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
Community Member
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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--
Community Member
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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