Hell Hath No Fury Like a Web Designer Scorned

Posted on by Rebecca Kelley (Rebecca)
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Things that are dumb:

  • The cast members of The Jersey Shore
  • Movie theater concession prices
  • Not paying someone who controls your web server
Methinks Winona Chiropractic is learning the third one the hard way. It looks like they've stiffed their web designer and haven't paid one cent of their bill. The retaliation may be childish, but it's also kind of funny:

The designer has hijacked Winona Chiropractic's website and changed it to not-so-subtly reflect what a bunch of deadbeats the business is for not paying up in a timely fashion. My favorite design touches include "Hours for screwing people over" and "Get bent" instead of "Contact Us" in the top-level navigation.

Quite the embarrassing reputation management situation for Winona Chiropractic, don't you think? If they weren't taking their web designer seriously before, they should be now. That'll teach them to a) trust a contractor with their web server, and b) try to stiff someone when it comes to payment.

Who's being more unprofessional?

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Debate It! 14

Pay the artist!

Posted By Actionamy,

I can agree with the web designers. If you were not getting paid at your workplace, then would your work reflect quality? I think that many of us can agree that there is no way we would work for anybody who didn't pony up the dough! Go web designers!

Posted By Mr.Truther,

Now that that's out of the way, ActionBoyfriend and I both do freelance design and coding and this is more common than you'd think. At least once a year someone stiffs us.

Posted By Actionamy,

Thank you for posting that Harlan Ellison video. He's an evil little gnome, but he's absolutely right. I'm trying to make it as a freelance writer and the audacity of most companies is just astounding. They act like they can just hire writers, web site designers, photo editors, or just about anyone involved in creativity, and not pay them. Craigslist is just rife with these ads and they're insulting.

Posted By jogden,

I think we are all on the same page on this one so far. I can't blame the designer for doing what he did. Especially since he probably still owns the site.

Posted By lockheed40,

I agree with what they did for sure... and it's hilarious... but I have feeling a lawyer may give them a call about the "screwing people over" part. I'm guessing at the end of the day the web designer may regret this move.

Posted By SimpleDude,

It is such a hassle to get (some of) my web clients to pay... until I remind them they agreed to pay within a certain time frame or the site will get shut down.

Posted By AnubisibunA,

These are the kind of people who will refuse to pay you for your website.

Posted By jogden,

These are the kind of people who will refuse to pay you for your website.

Posted By jogden,

Kudos to the web designer, though I doubt that stunt will get them any business. Great video Actionamy! Ellison may not come off very likeable, but anyone that's been asked to give their intellectual property away can relate to his frustration.

Posted By Cobanerd,

@jogden. I think that guy was a client of mine.

Posted By Actionamy,

@Amy did he ask you to arrange his icons by "penis"?

Posted By jogden,

Thanks to [ http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://winonachiropractic.com/ ] we can see what it used to look like... but seems a little fishy it was never indexed more than once. Not sure if it's real... even if Mashable & Reddit pick it up

Posted By AnubisibunA,

Good thing This or That pays our bills!

Posted By matt,

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