I am currently on medical leave because the illness I have was affecting the quality of my work. I explained this to all of my existing clients at the time and either finished up the work or referred them to a list of designers and programmers I trust. All were very understanding and said to call when I was better. Well, all except one client, and I wasn’t currently working on a project for them at the time. He has a history of being rude, sexist, and hard to work with.
Client: Hey I have a new project for you to work on!
Me: Hi! I’m sorry, but as I’ve already told you I am on medical leave. I have referred you to some designers I trust. If you need the project done within the next six months I can’t help you.
Client: Oh I’m sure you will have no problems knocking this one out! All we need is…
The client proceeded to go into great detail over a very complicated project. I tried to interject but he kept talking.
Me: I am sorry, but there is no way I can complete that project. I am just too sick to work.
Client: Oh, we all get colds every now and then I am sure you can just push through.
Me: I have a bacterial infection in my brain, so no I can’t push through. Consider this my final email to you. I no longer wish to continue our working relationship so please do not contact me for any future projects.
Client: Wow someone’s getting a little testy. Is it that time of the month?
I chose not to respond. He emailed me multiple times, including an email saying that none of the designers I recommended would work for him. Sorry that’s what happens when you’re a jackass.