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On Consultants and Dread Pirates

Chances are you’ve either worked with a contractor, hired a contractor, or been a contractor yourself. Whenever I think about contractor/client relations I am reminded of Rob Reiner’s the Princess Bride.

Indigo Montoya and Westley
From unknown Tumblr site via Google Image Search

Each day for three years, the Dread Pirate Roberts would say the same thing to the only victim he had ever spared (and let work for him). “Good night, Westley. Good work. Sleep well. I’ll most likely kill you in the morning.”

I’ve heard almost the exact same exchange verbatim aimed at a contractor. Some clients are better than others and it’s hard to tell the employees from the contractors. More often than not, however, life resembles a Dilbert cartoon.

Dilbert Contractor Abuse
Dilbert from 4/14/06.

What’s the worst thing anyone has said to you or that’s ever happened to you as a contractor? Sound off in the comments below.