I was recently asked by one college student to work on a project for free. I said, “Sure, why not? Why not?” I explained the nature of the project and mentioned that it might be of interest to readers like you.
He then asked me to sign him up for the project.
I could see a couple of problems with doing this. One was obvious: I would need to keep track of the information (which was not something I have the time or skill to do). That means I would have to read and parse his emails and respond to each request. What would happen if he decided not to return my messages? What if I was not around? After all, I work a 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. job that involves dealing with phone calls all day. So I had to do all of the work. Another problem is that he seemed to need my help and didn’t really care what I actually got paid for it.
I told him the following:
I’m a college junior. I’m working on a project with you. Your email is at [email protected] and I will check everything out and send any requests you have in the next couple of days. How about for a small fee?
So far he was very receptive. He wanted me to send him a few free email templates and he said he could do that without having to sign up for a free account. I sent him the information that he needed. Two days later, his email is as follows:
I’ll let you know when it goes live in about a couple of days. I’m just waiting on a word from you, please.
I had the guy sign up for free email with a little joke. My mistake.
I didn’t expect this response. But I wanted to give it a try. So I emailed him again and he replied at 6:37 AM the same day:
What, no response?! I know. Maybe I should just block him. But I don’t want to be on a waiting list. He’ll just keep trying to get me to reply to his message until I say no. Are you kidding me? I’m trying to teach a few classes now at this school, not do his bidding.
He just stopped responding after being blocked and I assumed this was because he was angry. As I expected, he then began emailing me with demands that seemed to me quite bizarre and unreasonable. If I didn