British Business Boneheadedness
First off, I was emphatically not signing on as Denny Hatch, an employee, but rather as Denny Hatch Associates, Inc., an independent contractor.
Secondly, signing away my rights to do business with one of his customers for a period of five years is preposterous. The guy is selling office supplies. His customers could be anybody on the planet. I resigned the account before billing him for the first month’s retainer.
Shakespeare (a Brit) said it best in “Henry VI” (Part 2):
“The first thing we do is let’s kill all the lawyers.”