to fire the cleaner

(22 Posts)
calmlychaotic Thu 08-Nov-12 23:42:53

she has only been with us 4 weeks, she comes once a week. I saw her this morning, I went out and by the time i got home she had finished and left. Done a pretty good job with the house, shes not brilliant but its fine. Anyway i have a big mirror in my room, on the dressing table, its huge and it had gone, she had cleaned the dressing table and i was confused looking round the house for it, checked the bins, found it eventually smashed in the garage. no note/no phone call/text nothing. Now i am not a cow and probably would of just said oh well these things happen dont worry. it is quite expensive though. I would have liked an apology and an offer to pay/replace or whatever. It has made me uneasy that it feels like she hasnt much respect for my belongings. However she could just be worried I'll go mad at her and is avoiding me. She hasnt known me long and couldnt know what my reaction would be. Still she is an adult and I think should own up and apologise, its not like i'm not going to find out!

squeakytoy Thu 08-Nov-12 23:44:00

I suspect you wont see her again...

giraffesCantLightFireworks Thu 08-Nov-12 23:44:32

Very strange behaviour! Not as if you were going to notice no mirror.

Play dumb and ask her if she has seen it wink

Tryharder Thu 08-Nov-12 23:46:29

She should have told you. Definitely. YANBU. I would speak to her before making a decision with regard to sacking or not. I used to clean houses and remember once breaking a huge fecking ornament. I glued it back together and hoped she wouldn't notice blush

ImperialFireworksInMyKnickers Thu 08-Nov-12 23:48:07

She's completely panicked hasn't she?! Did she come from an agency? You may have comeback that way.

Would you have taken her up on an offer to pay for it/replace it?

foreverondiet Thu 08-Nov-12 23:48:49

YANBU things yet broken but you are going to notice a big mirror, she should habe apologised.

WorraLiberty Thu 08-Nov-12 23:51:40

I doubt you'll see her again.

Claim off the agency

If you're not using an agency, claim off your house insurance but check to make sure you informed them you employed someone to work there.

calmlychaotic Fri 09-Nov-12 00:19:22

She's not through an agency, so can't claim, its not all that expensive. I wouldn't have taken her up on an offer to pay, its an accident, well i think it was, maybe it was a fit of rage! If it was me i would have offered to pay and crossed my fingers they didn't take me up on it. Or said I'll pay towards it at least. If i never see her again she has a key to my house. She does upstairs first. She must have broken it then finished rest of house why bother if not planning on coming back. And weird to put it in garage. Just forgot and gone to take my contacts out and its not there!

WorraLiberty Fri 09-Nov-12 00:22:04

Better change the locks then.

sparkleyangel Fri 09-Nov-12 00:42:58

No reason why you wouldn't see her again, you know where she lives yeah. Could just be she did it at the start of cleaning stuck it in the garage out of the way meaning to leave a note, got on with the rest of the house and it slipped her mind. Just give her a ring tomorrow and ask what happened no biggie these things happen. You must trust her as you gave her a key to your home.

DaveMccave Fri 09-Nov-12 00:58:47

Is there any chance she found it broken when she got there? maybe one of your dc's did it? and she moved it into the garage for safety?

calmlychaotic Fri 09-Nov-12 01:06:27

No clue where she lives, she seemed nice got her from an advert. . .ok im a moron i know. Now found she has put a wash on, setting white cotton highest heat. Containing hand wash only wool and a dress. Several white shirts and dark blue and black items that will dye everything. Luckily my machine has a confusing time delay and was paused so hadn't actually washed. Don't think she's actually a cleaner . . .

calmlychaotic Fri 09-Nov-12 01:13:03

Dave, no not possible, kids where down stairs and didn't go in my room that morning, i was last one in there. I only have toddlers and they couldn't reach it anyway.

piprabbit Fri 09-Nov-12 01:21:03

Weird - sounds like you've had a lucky escape.

sparkleyangel Fri 09-Nov-12 01:51:17

No clue where she lives, she seemed nice got her from an advert. . .OK I'm a moron i know. Now found she has put a wash on, setting white cotton highest heat. Containing hand wash only wool and a dress. Several white shirts and dark blue and black items that will dye everything. Luckily my machine has a confusing time delay and was paused so hadn't actually washed. Don't think she's actually a cleaner . . .

YOU REAP WHAT YOU SOW IS ALL I CAN SAY (dumbfounded emoticon)

drizzlecake Fri 09-Nov-12 01:53:01

She will prob appear next week lugging big mirror and expensive wool dress as she was so distressed over mirror disaster that she set washing machine to wrong setting and only realised after she'd left.

So she will deserve generous reward for her conscientious behaviour....... I hope grin

sparkleyangel Fri 09-Nov-12 01:55:37

I'd change your lock's quick smart if I was you.

are you for real op shock

doorbellringer Fri 09-Nov-12 02:48:06

my first ever : leave the bastard

calmlychaotic Fri 09-Nov-12 12:39:10

ok fair enough but my last 2 cleaners were from agencies and were useless, late, rude, sometimes didnt turn up at all but i still got charged! so i put advert in window, met and liked this lady, after 4 weeks trial - she has been great so far, i gave her a key. I didnt draw up a contract and get all her details, i didnt really think it was the done thing for a cleaner, maybe i should have. I work full time so cant stay home and watch her clean, not sure what alternative is, other than clean the house myself of course.

Floralnomad Fri 09-Nov-12 12:46:27

I think you have been a bit silly to give a house key to someone that you basically know nothing about , did you get references? I'd change the locks quickly because should you get burgled I doubt your insurers would pay up !

ClippedPhoenix Fri 09-Nov-12 12:51:01

Blimey OP she sounds nuts!

poopnscoop Fri 09-Nov-12 13:07:00

You gave a stranger keys to your house?

Gobsmacked.

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