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I work as a salaried translator for an insurance company that is connected to a bank. In addition, I...

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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!


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