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Poll: Have you ever been paid more than agreed?
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This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "Have you ever been paid more than agreed?".

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Tatty  Identity Verified
Local time: 10:52
Spanish to English
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Not for translations Feb 11, 2013

But I sometimes get a "tip" for consecutive interpretations.

 

Gudrun Wolfrath  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 10:52
English to German
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Yes, Feb 11, 2013

for instance for a book the client was very satisfied with.
Gudrun


 

neilmac  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 10:52
Spanish to English
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Other Feb 11, 2013

Not quite the same thing, but on a couple of ocasions, university departments have asked me to issue a bill in advance for work not yet commisioned, so that they can use up what is left over from that year's budget (otherwise they have to return the remaining funds). In fact, one of them is still "in credit" with me from 2011.

PS: I've been given gifts, such as copies of books or concert tickets.

[Edited at 2013-02-11 09:07 GMT]


 

Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 01:52
Member (2003)
Spanish to English
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Yes Feb 11, 2013

Several times this year two of my clients have padded the word count.

 

DianeGM  Identity Verified
Local time: 11:52
Member (2006)
Dutch to English
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Yes Feb 11, 2013

Aside from gifts, like Neilmac said, it has happened as far as I can remember on two occassions: once I was paid by cheque and the cheque included a little extra 'to cover the bank charges', the other time we agreed a rate for a project of around 40,000 words and when I sent the translation they told me to increase the rate by 1 cent per word on my invoice, which was nice.

 

Jacob Njagi  Identity Verified
Kenya
Local time: 12:52
Swahili to English
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By mistake, or so I thought Feb 11, 2013

A client has ever paid me three times what i had ivoiced him around this last Christmas. I had to write to them to find out if it was a gift to me or something. They had done it by mistake and so I refunded the difference.

 

Claire Cox
United Kingdom
Local time: 09:52
French to English
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Hourly rate Feb 11, 2013

Yes, when working on an hourly rate, one of my clients has on several occasions told me to invoice for more hours than I said I'd actually worked as he felt the job was worth more - nice!

 

Leon Ivanihin  Identity Verified
Local time: 12:52
Member (2011)
English to Russian
Yes Feb 11, 2013

Yes. I remember two cases when besides the normal payment the Client have paid me bonus for very good job. I was flattered. But it really was almost 'mission impossible'.icon_smile.gif

 

Oliver Lawrence  Identity Verified
Italy
Local time: 10:52
Italian to English
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Yes Feb 11, 2013

I had agreed an hourly rate with a cap for a review job. The time it took to get the text up to the right standard exceeded the cap, but the client valued the result and agreed to pay based on the hourly rate. A valued client indeedicon_smile.gif.

[Edited at 2013-02-11 10:55 GMT]


 

Enrico Zoffoli  Identity Verified
Italy
Local time: 10:52
Member (2013)
German to Italian
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Yes, twice Feb 11, 2013

In both cases, I was paid more because the clients said I exceeded their expectations in terms of accuracy, feedback on original document and turnaround time. The jobs were a book translation and a legal document translation.

 

christenino  Identity Verified
Austria
Local time: 10:52
English to German
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Yes Feb 11, 2013

three times (one for interpreting, in this case was asked before signing papers to "bill some extra hours"), another time for a very difficult rush translation. The third time I didn't know about and was lucky to ask prior to refunding. I remember quite well because I was carrying-out netbanking, browser window open, entered the amount to be refunded and then had the idea to contact the customer before doing so.

 

Thayenga  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 10:52
Member (2009)
English to German
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Yes Feb 11, 2013

Usually for creative work/translation. Twice one of my clients doubled (yes, 200%) the price, which was very generous and a nice "little extra" for me.icon_smile.gif

 

Ikram Mahyuddin  Identity Verified
Indonesia
Local time: 16:52
English to Indonesian
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Only once Feb 11, 2013

I have ever been paid 10% more than agreed, since the client thought the translation was a little better than he has expected.

 

Giuseppina Gatta, MA (Hons)
Member (2005)
English to Italian
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yes, by mistake Feb 11, 2013

I was paid 10 times over, and it was the biggest check I've ever received... Unfortunately I could not cash iticon_wink.gif

 
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