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WHO: Molly "Porkshanks" Friedrich

WHERE: http://porkshanks.deviantart.com/

WHAT: Custom cane commission.

WHEN: November/December 2009 to now, when I received a clear no that it wouldn't be done.

Previous Entries to community:
First Update

The content of those are, however, pretty much in this post as well.

Summary of the first entries: I sent an inquiry to Porkshanks in November/December of 2009 to see if she was interested in doing a cane for me. While arranging things then, communication was absolutely wonderful, every day or so we'd exchange notes and I ended up getting a quote of $150-200 for this project, I decided to send her $250 since she had never made a cane before, and she had to buy the materials and to cover shipping cost when it was finished.

In March/April 2010 she told me she was ready to work on the cane and asked what the height should be off the floor, I responded the very next day. Since then, she has not read any of my notes and she hasn't sent my any, either. She hasn't responded to anything I sent to her email, any messages to Facebook, and the one comment she did make was when I posted on her profile page and that was to tell me that she had been thinking about my commission (here). That was on the first of June, and nothing since, obviously. Though she has been active, posting personal works and photo-shoots and such the entire time, and I have made two profile comments since then asking for a refund.

Here are some screen-caps of the notes that I sent her originally, I thought I was quite polite considering the circumstances.
Last note she sent me
Note telling her my concerns
Second profile comment asking her to read a previous note
Third profile comment, requesting refund and stating issues
One of my requests for a refund
Note from other artist who had been thinking of suggesting Porkshanks to a commissioner Name blacked out for privacy, of course.
Paypal transaction receipt Transaction ID and bank numbers blacked out.

-I had sent Porkshanks a couple emails to the two email addresses I have for her and have not received a response from either of them.
-I've sent her messages on her Facebook page, which she never responded too.
-I have the AIM name she has listed on DA on my buddy-list, but either she has it set to friends only, is invisible, or she's just never on when I am.
-She HAS been active the entire time, posting multiple personal works and such.

Shortly after my first update, we had exchanged messages in December of 2011 on FB, where she was asking me about colours and such for the cane, saying she would work on it in the beginning of January. She stopped responding shortly after that.

The update, which was the recent activity and the resolution of it:

Due to having received notes a little while ago about the artist so-far not finishing her kickstarter, and people having found my journal, I have been updating and decided to try once more to get a true answer from Molly about what was happening with my commission. A comment on her page had implied she scammed her kickstarter supporters - I will not say that she has scammed them, since she HAS been giving them updates lately - however, she did imply that she had never scammed someone before. I felt I had the right to reply, saying she still had yet to finish my commission. I received a response from her a few hours ago, which was not very pleasant, but gave me the closure I needed.

Her response and behaviour have been immature and not at all professional, and I felt the need to update my beware to say so, as well as post the final screencaps of the deal. She has pretty much said she will not do it, because I am stupid and selfish and she feels she can get lolz from pissing me off. I had typed a response to her, and tried to send it, only to find that I had been blocked and my original comment had been deleted. I have screencaps to provide it still, and I will also supply my final response to her after the screenshots, in the off chance that she ever reads this journal.

ALL Facebook Messages: I included some of the previous message in each one so you know I didn't skip anything.
Messages Start
Messages 2
Messages 3
Messages 4
Messages 5
Messages 6
Messages 7
Messages 8
Messages 9

Comment that prompted my latest attempt:
The scamming comments

My comment that got deleted and got me blocked:
My deleted comment

Her response to it:
Her response

And my final reply to you, Molly, in reponse to your message and block, since I can't respond to it elsewhere:

Considering that I sent it to your email, facebook, and DA accounts, saying you just coincidentally "didn't see" it is bull.

And seriously? Glorifying a disability by using a cane? Like thousands of others due when they have painful injuries? I have nerve damage from a cable being reeled in by a truck digging into my skin. I didn't sue or anything, because the fault was my own for not paying attention. And yet you call me selfish for wanting to keep pressure off it like I was told to do by a doctor? When I could have done what plenty of people do and tried to rip money off of someone else?

As for me not mating or having children being a 'punishment'? It's my own choice, I hardly view it as a punishment. I have a loving significant other, and I am glad to have her. I also have many siblings whom I practically raised and feel no need to have children of my own due to that.

I am glad that you finally admit that you're just ignoring me and never intended to do my commission after receiving payment, however. I admit I was stupid to send you the money before hand, and I freely admit that. However, I have not been pissed about it for quite awhile. Tired of being led on, yes. Annoyed at never receiving a straight answer until now, well, of course. But now that I have, I'm letting it go, and updating my journals and Artist Beware posts with the information.

As it stands, I still think your art is beautiful, and it really is a shame that you turned out to be this kind of person. I wish you luck on your game.

Steampunk Artist Molly 'Porkshanks' Friedrich likes taking money for commissions she doesn't finish. $250 ones at that. She is also rude and extremely unprofessional in later correspondence. BEWARE, DO NOT COMMISSION.

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Sep. 12th, 2012 05:24 pm (UTC)
Moderator Request
This screencap still contains the artist's personal email. Please blank it out like you would credit card information, as the artist does not have this contact publicly displayed.

Edited at 2012-09-12 05:25 pm (UTC)
Sep. 12th, 2012 09:28 pm (UTC)
Re: Moderator Request
Edited! Sorry, her email used to be public, and it didn't occur to me to check it. I edited the receipt link in my previous journal as well, since it was on that too.
Re: Moderator Request - oceandezignz - Sep. 12th, 2012 09:30 pm (UTC) - Expand
Sep. 12th, 2012 05:38 pm (UTC)
The screenshots are incredibly small... though I zoomed in enough to get the jist of things.

Beware well warranted.
Sep. 12th, 2012 09:42 pm (UTC)
Sorry! If I ever have to post screenshots again, I'll be more careful about that.
Sep. 12th, 2012 05:38 pm (UTC)
Just had to say as well, her little "final response" to you is absolutely sickening and she really ought to be ashamed of herself, but with an attitude and belief system like that, I feel she knows no shame.

She is not God, she cannot be the judge and the jury and all that claptrap. If she didn't want to continue work on the cane she should have backed away from the project and refunded you.

Willingly sitting there and admitting to not wanting to do work for you because of her ~*reasons*~? I truly hope that on top of this post, you actually seek out small claims court against her.
Sep. 12th, 2012 05:41 pm (UTC)
"I'm told that's probably why you won't be mating and having children.. as part of your punishment."

Well then! That really tells me all I need to know about this person.

I wonder what it is she considers you being selfish about. Wanting product for your money? Communication? Progress? I wonder how she would feel if she bought something from someone, never received it, and they made fun of her when she tried to get her money back. Hm. But I'm sure in her head, it would be different if it were her. Only then would it be an injustice.
Sep. 12th, 2012 06:34 pm (UTC)
Seriously. The whole bit where she alludes to doing faster work for able-bodied "nicer" people and then blames OP's lack of HER doing quick work on her commission on the OP's disability is just absolutely staggeringly mind-boggling.

What a disgusting human being.
(no subject) - kayla_la - Sep. 12th, 2012 06:35 pm (UTC) - Expand
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Sep. 12th, 2012 05:53 pm (UTC)
Holy shit her final response to you is DISGUSTING. I want to break so many AB rules for that because jfc that's such a horrible thing to say to someone. Like how do you think that's even remotely okay to say ever?

I'm so sorry you had to hear that, OP. That's just inexcusable.
Sep. 12th, 2012 05:53 pm (UTC)
Her behavior is disgusting.

Beware well warranted
Sep. 12th, 2012 06:01 pm (UTC)
I'm not surprised to see her posted here. Her behaviour has become increasing more bizarre over the last few years and that last reply is very much in the same vein. The whole 'I haven't done your commission and you're disabled so that must men that you are a bad person' and being 'told' things brings up certain conclusions.
Sep. 12th, 2012 09:32 pm (UTC)
I felt really bad the first time I posted about this. She was always really nice in our notes before, but then... I don't even know. All her journals and posts started spiraling after I had commissioned her. I just thought she was promoting the game she was working on.
Sep. 12th, 2012 06:27 pm (UTC)
Oh my goodness. I'm just shocked that anyone would even imagine responding to a commission update request with something like that. Its just.. How can anyone be that horrible. I'm so sorry you've had to deal with someone like that. I'll be staying far far away from that. Even their journals kinda raised some hairs on the back of my neck.
Sep. 12th, 2012 06:32 pm (UTC)
UH WOW. That last response is absolutely infuriating and disgusting.

"You have a physical disability for a reason and I guess karma keeps me from doing anything for you because it wants to teach you something about trying to glorify your disability.

I'm told that's probably why you won't be mating and having children...as part of your punishment."

As someone who is disabled and generally anxious about telling people FOR JUST THIS REASON, her last reply is just plain nasty, and it makes me so angry. It's mind-boggling she thinks that's even remotely appropriate. She does faster work for able-bodied people? What the hell?

Edited at 2012-09-12 06:59 pm (UTC)
Sep. 12th, 2012 09:36 pm (UTC)
I got sooo mad when I read that part of her note. It was just... really? You really went there?
I try not to even tell people unless they ask why I'm limping or if it's impeding my work. The only reason I even told her when I commissioned it was so that she knew how important it was to me.
Sep. 12th, 2012 07:04 pm (UTC)
Wow, no. That last message would have me breaking about all the AB rules if I really said my words.

Even though DA is terrible at keeping track of people, I'd report her for this anyway.
Sep. 12th, 2012 09:36 pm (UTC)
I thought that DA wouldn't do anything about reports concerning commissions not being done?
(no subject) - celestinaketzia - Sep. 12th, 2012 09:46 pm (UTC) - Expand
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Sep. 12th, 2012 07:39 pm (UTC)
The only thing up for discussion currently is her behavior towards the OP. Nothing more as we're not here to armchair psych her.
Sep. 12th, 2012 08:02 pm (UTC)

Beware is definitely well warranted. Her treatment of you is awful and I hope that any commissioner would stay well away from her. Terrible!
Sep. 12th, 2012 08:05 pm (UTC)
I can't even fathom Porkshanks. Let alone the idea of them taking commissions, or following through with them. What she said to you is absolutely horrible. Just. Wow. Really hope you get your money back or commission or...something at least!
Sep. 12th, 2012 08:43 pm (UTC)
There's no way I would want a commission from this artist after that attitude and final message. I would absolutely give them a 'refund me by X' deadline and then take the artist to small claims court if (prolly when) they didn't come thru with the refund.

I would also notify paypal of the situation, even though the transaction is past the dispute time.
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Sep. 12th, 2012 09:00 pm (UTC)
Holy fuck, that final response is absolutely disgusting. Even if she was doing the work that alone would be a good reason to avoid her at all costs. I'm sorry you had to go through that. :(
Sep. 12th, 2012 09:50 pm (UTC)
I just.. I can't even fathom how someone could DO something like this. I truly hope you take her to small claims court because this is just sickening. If she gets away with it, she will think she can get away with whatever she wants.
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