I was interning for a music production company. I wasn’t constantly employed, but did gigs for them from time to time instead. I was supposed to be paid for the number of days I worked (for a ridiculously low wage). Although my boss was an extremely annoying, arrogant and narcissistic person, our work relationship was good and he was always very pleased with the work I had done. He also liked to refer to himself as “we”, even though there was no one else in his company.
At some point I didn’t hear anything from him for a few weeks, and the payment for the past few gigs was still due. Suddenly I received a bunch of emails full of insults, and then a phone call.
Client: Because of the great damage you did to our company, we have decided that we do not want to keep working with you. We’ll pay you half a month’s salary and we don’t want to hear from you ever again.
Me: You still owe me money for the past gigs I’ve worked on. You were pleased with my work at the time, so there is no way you’re not paying me.
Client: Now you’re pushing it too far, if you keep complaining we will sue you for the damage you caused us.
I hung up the phone and sent him the bill multiple times, as well as a few emails to remind him that he still owes me money. He stopped replying altogether. I ended up talking to a lawyer and threatened to sue him – I got my money within a few days.
To this day, I have no idea what “damage” he was talking about. Maybe he mistook me for the other half of the “we” when he talked about himself.