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

:(((

Michel M. Prins
Community Member
2 years ago

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

Miss Wakana
Community Member
2 years ago

I am speechless..... The appalling stupidity and shameless insensitivity shown by this clown is unbelievable. Man I feel bad for the person who's on the receiving end. It really does suck to be on the receiving end of these types of clown. If it were me, I'd hang up and tell her to never call again.

Miss Wakana
Community Member
2 years ago

her/him*

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EvieNiffler
Community Member
2 years ago

How dare the client think they have the right to be cruel like that - even if they thought they were talking to someone else, they have no right to speak that way.

Kate Edwards
Community Member
2 years ago

I wonder if he/she had the grace to be ashamed and embarrassed...

BoredBirgit
Community Member
2 years ago

Please bill him extra fees for body shaming. How rude of him.

Elizabeth Molloy
Community Member
2 years ago

Charming!

Nora Bora
Community Member
2 years ago

Wow.

Eyeball
Community Member
2 years ago

Daaaaaamn

Eamonn Anderson
Community Member
2 years ago

oof.

Matthew Hyder
Community Member
2 years ago

Geez, it's like their not aware or don't know how to not be so insensitive... their like, clueless. XD

Hawk
Community Member
2 years ago

Rip

Em Boldt
Community Member
2 years ago

That's terrible!!!

tara skogly
Community Member
2 years ago

I would bitch slap that one sooo bad!

Cat Lady
Community Member
2 years ago

Ouch.

Kira Leseman
Community Member
2 years ago

Sometimes I wonder how some of these people have lived as long as they have. How can you live to adulthood and still be so blatantly stupid? This isn’t rhetorical, I really need to know. Is it magic?

pusheen buttercup
Community Member
2 years ago

*hugs*

Peggy Schultz
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2 years ago

☹️

Sykz
Community Member
2 years ago

Horrible.

Michèle Gyselinck
Community Member
2 years ago

What a jerk!

Allana Rose
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2 years ago

Another idiot.

Tecia Cox
Community Member
2 years ago

Insensitive sumbitch!

Bobby Clemente
Community Member
2 years ago

That dude needs to be pistol whipped or something...

Kate Baxter
Community Member
2 years ago

I would disconnect.

Elli Tiuku
Community Member
2 years ago

Well, if she is fat then that's a good way to distinguish her from others in a picture. That's completely normal? "Man with a long beard", "girl in the red shirt", "that fat woman". That's how normal ppl do it.

Megan Romero-Herman
Community Member
2 years ago

Hell no that's not a good way to distinguish someone

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Mike Everly
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2 years ago

It's funny how you deleted your name, but called out Karla and Betty.

Thuong Vu
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2 years ago

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Fat is fat.

lazy panda
Community Member
2 years ago

You can fix weight but you can't fix a shitty personality.

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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
Community Member
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...

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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
Community Member
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
Community Member
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
Community Member
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
Community Member
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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