They are rude, and inconsiderate of your time. They should compensate you, but good luck with that. Next time, get a non-refundable retainer. That way, they can be rude, and you can take your hurt feelings all the way to that strip club you mentioned.
So I get contacted earlier in the week to photograph a flag racing event. I don't have anything planned so I say yes. Saturday... check, time... check... they'll send me the details later about where. The event is weather dependent so I'm not writing IOU's at the strip club and they said they would know by Friday if they were going to cancel for weather.
The email doesn't come... I contact the secretary of the organization and she says, "It will come this afternoon." It didn't. I'm still doing my homework... google (learning where the event is and the types of events that are going to be held)... facebook (making sure this is a real organization and not a robbery)... Flickr (getting an idea of what images and what angles are compelling).
So today I touch base and I'm told they are deliberating on postponing, cancelling, or having the event at another venue. I request, "Keep me in the loop."
11:30p.m. as I write and I still haven't received word. I know it has been cancelled... they indicated so on their Facebook page... but am out really out of line expecting a call, text, email, etc. indicating that it was cancelled?
So does this happen to anyone else? Is it the customers who don't want to break bad news? I'm not that annoyed... I now have a weekend day free to do whatever I want... but I still can't help but be annoyed.