Phil V wrote in post #16523652
You're a really nice guy. I'm a nice bloke but there are times when being in the right means you absolutely deserve to get your own way.
If you work with an ******* who is prepared to rip you off, mess you about, steal from you, then you make sure you use whatever power you have to let him know that's unacceptable.
Contracts (I know it was the other post) don't create hassle, they save you from it. And when someone thinks they can mess you around for no pay, then steal pictures for FB, you get the pictures taken down, that's the rules we live by.
When this co-worker goes and tells his story, do you think anyone's going to feel sorry for him? They might nod and bite their tongue, but behind his back the story will be 'what an utter jerk'. The only 'customers' the OP would lose from this are other people planning to do the same.
I appreciate the different points of views.
I get what you're saying in regards to being ripped off- and I'm not saying that the OP should do nothing - I'm just saying that he first could consider all his options, and where each could lead, and make a decision there.
I hate injustice. I hate what's happened to this photographer too. It stinks. I guess I look at it from my experiences where I've been ripped off before - and a few times I've spent countless sleepless nights tossing and turning about the injustice and how to get justice. In some cases, my desire for justice (or revenge ) have actually cost me more in the end than the original offense. Now I weigh up my battles a little more carefully, and sometimes have considered that it's better to let things go, and learn from my mistake so it wouldn't happen again rather than to throw more time/money/effort/energy in, and that's where my comments are driven from.
Since most posts here have been saying 'stick it to him' I have given the OP something else to consider before making that decision. The OP knows this guy, and his employment arrangements - I don't - and he's the best one to make an informed decision. Since the situation is more than just a client ripping him off, and has other aspects, I'm suggesting to consider whether various options have good potential to cause significant grief & hardship in the future at his main job or not, and which potential outcomes are worth it, and which aren't.
Just to clarify - I'm not implying that the OP should let this one go - I'm simply suggesting weigh up the different options and potential outcomes first before making a decision on which way to go.
You make a good point about the contracts, and I accept what you (and others) are saying there. I believe I should reconsider my thoughts on contracts - even from a hobbyist / weekend shooter's point of view. I guess I'm still learning something new every day, and have had the thought that doing photography on the side (weekends) where I'm starting off with friends and acquaintances that contracts could be considered rude - but thanks to a variety of replies, I'm seeing that people can actually see them as being more professional and they might not be the problem that I first thought they could be. I'm Still learning.
Thanks again for your comments, and have a great weekend!