Freelancers take note: Designer hijacks website, claims he was stiffed


I wonder if I’d have the guts to do something like this if I ever get severely stiffed. I doubt it, as I can see it turning off potential clients, even if I was right.

It seems that a man named Frank Jonen, owner of a web design company, hijacked the website of Fitness SF, claiming he hadn’t been paid for designing the site. The site temporarily looked like the above pic, according to Ad Week. It has since been changed.

SF Fitness, a chain of gyms, told Ad Week, however, that Jonen missed deadlines and failed to finish the website, which has now been passed to a new design firm. They also say he was paid and that now he’s trying to extort more money out of them for the unfinished product.

“Frank is attempting to portray himself as the victim when truly the victim is Fitness SF as he attempts to get paid for work he did not complete and has decided that blackmail is the way to accomplish that.”

Still. Interesting.


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