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."

EvieNiffler
Community Member
2 years ago

Hence the need to put sample text all over content. It's a shame people are too stingy to pay for services :(

Victor Calamity
Community Member
2 years ago

Ha! I think his price just went up

Andrew Worley
Community Member
2 years ago

That person sounds like an obnoxious asshole.

Hans
Community Member
2 years ago

"Yep. Think ahead next time."

Misterscooter
Community Member
2 years ago

They really said that out loud??

April Showers
Community Member
2 years ago

They seriously had the nerve to ask you if paying before receiving the actual work was really necessary, after they said all that?! Holy crap.

Tinka Maruu
Community Member
2 years ago

OMG! If this weren't so stupid, it'd be hilarious!

Zenozenobee
Community Member
2 years ago

The client is trully mean and his/her stupidity make the instant karma hilarious to me ;p

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Petra Christovová
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2 years ago

Wow, what a morons .. that really happened?

Angie Chan
Community Member
2 years ago

I am not the individual above, but I am an artist...and yes, this really happens.

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Krazy Kanuck
Community Member
2 years ago

I had a Client years ago, I had rebuilt her computer operating system, but first I backed up all of her documents & emails onto a CD. I had only made one copy, as it would be unethical for me to have more than one.. Anyways after sending it to her, she calls me frantic, cause she said that she installed it into the CD Drive, and tried to turn the handle.. When the handle would not turn, she grabbed a set of pliers, and turned the handle, and she heard something shatter. She then demanded I come and restore her documents onto her computer.. I showed up, and asked her which slot did she installed the CD into, She points at the 5.25" Floppy Disk drive (which when I redid her computer, I offered to remove, and she declined). I asked her to point to her 5.25" floppy drive, and then the light came on.. I didnt bill her for the second visit.. She tried to sue me, for her error.. :LOL:

Agnes Jekyll
Community Member
2 years ago

Ugh. Bet you're glad you never have to work with her again.

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Michèle Gyselinck
Community Member
2 years ago

They sound like Trump.

Pat Hege
Community Member
2 years ago

One tight wad born every day

Teri Donovan
Community Member
2 years ago

Not to mention, if they had used the sample he could sue them.

Amanda Martin
Community Member
2 years ago

Photographer's life, right there.

Katinka Min
Community Member
2 years ago

'Think ahead next time.' Unfuckingbelievable how many people have no problem with theft, whatsoever.

Danny Settle
Community Member
2 years ago

Ha! Ha!

Sasy
Community Member
2 years ago

lol hilarious

Eamonn Anderson
Community Member
2 years ago

please send us the original, "Think about that ahead of time"

Agnes Jekyll
Community Member
2 years ago

What an immoral company

Dario Agrillo
Community Member
2 years ago

After I receive payment with 50% more for your dumbness

Dave “DodgyMerchant” Thompson
Community Member
2 years ago

+20%

John Bush
Community Member
2 years ago

soumd familiar??

Laura Perkinson
Community Member
2 years ago

Hard to believe someone is this dumb

layne
Community Member
2 years ago

Ever wonder why photographers or any artist have to be so careful & go through so much before even sending out 'samples'? Perfect example you a$$Ho!e client. Simply being an artist is hard enough.

pusheen buttercup
Community Member
2 years ago

omg, they can't not pay you for work... that's like stealing!

Patricia Ross
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2 years ago

I don't know why some people think they don't need to pay artist.

Lori Wilson
Community Member
2 years ago

slick clients are not that slick.

Lu
Community Member
2 years ago

This screams 50% up front all over it.

endelbendel
Community Member
2 years ago

All you can do. Some of them intend to steal.

Diana Hockley
Community Member
2 years ago

OMG.

Mary Checketts
Community Member
2 years ago

really

Kate Baxter
Community Member
2 years ago

I WOULD have upped the price at that point. Think ahead indeed!

Pandola
Community Member
2 years ago

moron...

Lik Tin Lau
Community Member
2 years ago

I had a hard time understanding the "Is that really necessary?" part...that guy were just so nonsense.

George Cristian Popa
Community Member
2 years ago

"Client: I don't like the logo you design for us. Sorry, I won't pay." Next week I see my logo on their website with watermark and at low quality... And many other stories...

Phoebe Bean
Community Member
2 years ago

When you call yourself "client", it means you have to pay. Period.

Snorlax I Choose You
Community Member
2 years ago

Criminal!! Surely they've signed a contract with you!?

Gwen Johnson-Brown
Community Member
2 years ago

Wow.

Abigail Kreiss
Community Member
2 years ago

Jeeze!!!

Eyeball
Community Member
2 years ago

People can be super dense and inconsiderate...

Moezarella
Community Member
2 years ago

what. a. shameless. person!

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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
Community Member
2 years ago

He was right, though: He literally can never tell

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--
Community Member
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
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
Community Member
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
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
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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
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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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