It is the classic dilemma of every freelance designer: What to do about a client who has not paid you for services rendered? You may feel very angry, especially if the product in question is a website that you built for the client. After all, you likely poured your heart and soul into the project. You tried to make the site just right, and the client said it was great but never paid you. Meanwhile, the website is live and the client may even be making money off of it!
In a case like this, you may be tempted to take vindictive action. One designer, for example, decided to replace the client's homepage with a ominous warning screen. The text on the screen read: "This company does not pay their web designer! No one responds to emails or voicemails. What kind of company is that? Not one you want to work with."
The designer may have felt better for a while after posting that message. However, there are several problems with taking such an approach. Consider:
The bottom line: As the old saying goes, never argue with a fool; he will only drag you down to his level and then beat you with experience. Instead, stay professional, take the high road, and retain your good reputation.