I work as a salaried translator for an insurance company that is connected to a bank. In addition, I do a bit of freelance translating on the side, mostly through agencies.
One Thursday afternoon I got a phone call from an agency I had worked with many times before; however, the agent on the line was new to me.
Client: Bonjour, we have this small rush job that absolutely must be translated before Monday. We know you are fast and good - will you translate it for us?
Me: I’d love to help. Who is the client?
Client: Ah, let me see - oh yes, it is [X] Bank.
Me: I’m sorry to have to decline, but it’s written right in my freelancer profile that I won’t do any work for banks or insurance companies, because I already work for one and there is a potential conflict of interest.
Client; Ah bon? Well, then, don’t do it for the bank, honey - do it for me!