In our weekly installment of Clients from Hell, a hilarious collection of anonymously contributed client horror stories from designers, we present “Those awkward visits to the doctor.” For previous posts, click here .

I recently went to the doctor because I was experiencing stomach pain. About halfway through the usual probing and embarrassing questions doctors ask, he asked what I do for a living.

Me: I make websites

Doctor: Really? Great! We are redoing ours – maybe you can have a look?

Me: Sure! I can do a consultation later this week…

He meant right now. In the middle of my examination.  He turns on his laptop, shows me their current site, the bids from two other companies and asks me for input on them, has me look at their terms, and asks me if they are fair.

Me: (stammering) I’d need to look at it from my office, and it’s not really right for me to see the other bids. And, really, I don’t feel comfortable giving an evaluation in this setting.  

After a bit of work trying to steer the conversation back to why I was actually there, I finally told him the companies were great and I couldn’t match them. We finished my examination, and then I found another doctor.