Had a similar instance happen with me, only the project head wanted me to model 3 next gen characters for FREE. No thanks brah. He said that riches and fame would be the reward for helping with the project. Just remember what the Roman poet Ovid said, "Everyone is a millionaire where promises are concerned."
Cool story bro. But I dont get the point. There are idiots out there. Post all the articles you want and complain and act surprised all you want, it isn't going to make them change. My bit of advice is this: if you think your work (anyone here) is so good that it demands £500 per week- which is close to $1000 USD, and you get people who ask you to do stuff for 30, tell them to stop wasting your time and tying up your phone, and "That's the price!" and hang up. Don't get all involved in their lives, wondering what they are thinking or what makes them tick, finding out what they said on facebook to another asshole, obsessing over how 'stupid' you think they are, just let it go. They're a waste of time, so stop wasting your apparently valuable time on them.
...it was only a bit of fun...I haven't had any one like it for ages, but someone reminded me of how it was. We all have outlets, not to change the world but to let off steam. Otherwise there wouldn't be any point communicating ever, as none of us have any control over nature, and what will be will be. I am sure we all have plenty of Mr cheapskate in us anyway. I don't obsess, I just find the psychology and humor of it interesting.
I was making a hypothetical answer to hypothetical artist, represented by you in which case you were the one who posted it. This drama about "commissions" and pricing and supposedly cheapskate people goes on every day. I see another complaint about commissions or some anonymous person 'backing out' on a promise to pay some ridiculous amount ($10) for an anime drawing repeated on a daily basis. So, really Mr Cheapskate is not fictional- he is in the head of every commission-asking member of this website. And way too much time is spent agonizing over him and his miserly ways!