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
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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
Community Member
2 years ago

Wow. That is so offensive!

Annie Whitlocke
Community Member
2 years ago

was it signed Trump?

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Elizabeth Molloy
Community Member
2 years ago

What. The. Actual. Fuck?????!

Elizabott
Community Member
2 years ago

On behalf of all human beings with even a shred of intelligence...I'm so sorry.

KK
Community Member
2 years ago

Fire the client.

Okido
Community Member
2 years ago

Potential client. As in: “Not in a million years would I work for you, dude”.

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Sarah White
Community Member
2 years ago

WOW I haven't wanted to actually slap someone SO MUCH before.

Eamonn Anderson
Community Member
2 years ago

welcome to no ones favorite game show, who's the bestest racist!

FABULOUS1
Community Member
2 years ago

Wow what an asshole

Belle_Panda
Community Member
2 years ago

:(

Rebecca Chow
Community Member
2 years ago

Wtf? So rude

Eyeball
Community Member
2 years ago

That is fucked...

JV
Community Member
2 years ago

That is just so plain wrong. Are you sure it wasn't Trump calling?

Judy Semmens
Community Member
2 years ago

Surely the client must have been drunk, or something like that.

Meyer Weinstock
Community Member
2 years ago

Oh, no. California has more racists than people realize. Mostly, it's anti-Latino.

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Ashiah Rainwing
Community Member
2 years ago

That had to be done on purpose by someone who was having a really bad day and looking to pass it on.

Nicklas Linder
Community Member
2 years ago

"Let me re-phrase that for you. Sir. For $30 I wouldn't even doodle a stick figure for you. Comprende?"

Zsuzsanna Szucs
Community Member
2 years ago

I hope he just hang up the phone...

Dave “DodgyMerchant” Thompson
Community Member
2 years ago

Take money, send photocopy of arse

Marty Sunderland
Community Member
2 years ago

What a cretin!

Nuriya Amin
Community Member
2 years ago

WTF...

Gwen Johnson-Brown
Community Member
2 years ago

WOW.

Holly Hobby
Community Member
2 years ago

WOW

Anouk
Community Member
2 years ago

wtf??

BoredBirgit
Community Member
2 years ago

Double Wow.

Hans Brandt
Community Member
8 months ago

What a piece of shit!

Marie Dillingham
Community Member
1 year ago

hahaaaaah.. laugh that asshole out of the email folder.

Margaret Baddeley
Community Member
2 years ago

How incredibly ignorant and rude. Disgusting

Katie Fallon
Community Member
2 years ago

Wow, I don't even know where to start.

Lynda St.James
Community Member
2 years ago

So racist 😡

Rayne
Community Member
2 years ago

What a racist pos. As in mierda.

Thomas Meyer
Community Member
2 years ago

There is no God.

Sykz
Community Member
2 years ago

WOW!

Michèle Gyselinck
Community Member
2 years ago

I would hang up.

Joice Wong
Community Member
2 years ago

Wow

Bobby Clemente
Community Member
2 years ago

Where are you finding these people? We need to fill our prisons with these doofuses. Or is that offensive to doofuses? :D

Kate Baxter
Community Member
2 years ago

Hang up now before you blow your top.

Pi...
Community Member
2 years ago

Oh lord. How sickening.

Amaranthim Talon
Community Member
2 years ago

I am dumbfounded

Umut Bitlisli
Community Member
2 years ago

Send them to Pronto Marketing.

Kaylee Johnson
Community Member
2 years ago

I'm sorry, but if someone said that to me I'd personally smack them upside the head. That's racist.

Joyce Berman
Community Member
2 years ago

That's awful!

Markku Laukkanen
Community Member
2 years ago

trump contacting wall contractors

Chryssa Pozidou
Community Member
2 years ago

What an ass!!!

Phoebe Bean
Community Member
2 years ago

What the fu ture.... brings.

Kristine Sumair
Community Member
2 years ago

And you wonder how trump stays so rich...

Jenay Staunton
Community Member
2 years ago

Lmfao hahahaha

manowce
Community Member
2 years ago

is this even real?

Jo Murphy
Community Member
2 years ago

Um. I don't think you should work for 'his kind'!

Valéria Ščerbová
Community Member
2 years ago

Freaking idiot!!!

Stephie Wright
Community Member
2 years ago

What the Actual F! I would put that Ahole on blast!!

Charles Johnson
Community Member
2 years ago

Most of these are believable, but this person was either pranking them or it's fake.

elvis james
Community Member
2 years ago

again, this gotta be fake i REFUSE to believe it happend, if it did, it wasnt a real inquiry

Nga Kieu
Community Member
2 years ago

Cheap azz dude

Adriana E. Henricy
Community Member
2 years ago

Wow, that doesnt pay for sht. Burn that moron

Anthony Butner
Community Member
2 years ago

Another entry in stuff that never happened!

Lurchie
Community Member
2 years ago

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this sounds contrived, or a joke.

April Showers
Community Member
2 years ago

It really does sound like this was made up, doesn't it? It is so hard to believe that someone , just out of the blue, who is supposed to be representing another business, would behave that way, and say such things. And this particular story, very well could be made up. Because it is done sometimes. Before I started working with the public, I would have bet you money, this was made up. This is so sad to say, but the reality of it is, stories, just like this, actually do happen, and more often than you would even believe. And a lot worse, too. After 20 years in my profession, I could tell you stories about people's behavior, that after all I have seen, and you have no idea how crazy some people can be; things if I had not witnessed them myself, that were so utterly surreal, even I would have trouble wrapping my mind around the fact that these people exist among us, and it's the normal looking ones, that are hiding all that "crazy"-

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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
Community Member
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
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
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2 years ago

Creating the website from Hell...

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Iveta T
Community Member
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
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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