I have been the poor sod on the other side of Lukes story.
I accepted a contract for basic "application discovery" down in Bournemouth.
I only found out on the first day that the contract was not quite as described.
For one thing, the company name outside the office I reported too was different from the one I was working for...
Seems a bank had brought a building society, binned off all the staff then realised that 90% of their applications were in-house developed.
My job was to talk to the developers during their last week of work in order to get their custom applications working on the new owners systems.
Didnt go well.....