Tuesday

Museum of Natural History in NYC

Received Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Last week, I was at the museum of natural history with my son last week and we went into the learning center. There was a Spanish speaking nanny with two little boys. The little boys were not Hispanic but were able to speak to her in Spanish. As I am able to speak some Spanish, she and I started talking. As I was about to leave, she handed me a flier with all kinds of weight loss pills (none of them appeared to be FDA approved). I politely told her, "no thank-you." She then flipped out and turned nasty. WTF? Isn't that like drug dealing on the job? Describing the nanny, she is an older woman and mentioned that she has a daughter in University. She was about 5'4" and very animated.

12 comments:

ceo said...

I have to say that FDA approved drugs/vitamins/weight loss pills is the worst way to go anyway! The FDA does not have your best interest at heart. A new FDA approved weight loss pill suggests bringing an extra pair of underwear and pants to work each day while on the pill... I'm sure you can guess why.

But on the subject of the post it isn't really drug dealing, but she probably shouldn't get upset to hear a no, especially a polite one, that is all in the business of sales.

jmt said...

I'm not sure how I feel about people doing other business while on their job. Trying to sell Product-X in the office while you're trying to work and they should be working. But especially a childcare provider whose attention should be on the child not on her commission. Anybody?

ceo said...

I agree with you to some extent. As most on here say a nanny is different from office work BUT if it interferes with the child at all it should not be done (it also depends on childs age, 2yrs vs 9yrs). It isn't that unusual to strike up conversations with another person and if it leads somehow to their sales business I think that it is ok to pass out a business card... but coming along with catalogs, fliers, brochures, etc. seems a bit much. And her reaction sounds completely unreasonable.

Lisa said...

Also let's not forget that the nanny is carrying around drugs that are probably not in childproof containers. God knows what could happen if junior got into them.

Anonymous said...

that is if she has them on her, i didn't see anything that said she had pills/ drugs, just that she had a flier...

and its not drug dealing unless its an illegal drug.

Anonymous said...

Actually, it doesn't have to be an illegal drug for her to be busted. We fired a nanny about two years ago who was selling my Klonopin and ds's adderall. Stealing the pills from us and selling them to other nanny types.

Anonymous said...

So now lets hang all the nannies that sell Avon, Mary Kay and any other products in their spare time. This post is so stupid. Gawd!

Anonymous said...

3:30, are you one of the drug dealers?

Anonymous said...

3:30 - This wasn't in her spare time. That's the point.

Anonymous said...

Selling Avon on their spare time is fine. The problem is that the nanny was doing this on work time (that is the hours when she should be looking after a child).

Anonymous said...

She handed her a flier. That's all. Would you call her a bad nanny if she'd handed her a flier for church bingo night?

Anonymous said...

she handed her a flyer and that was fine. then the woman says "no thank you" and she goes ape crazy right there in the museum. scared the woman's child. so handing out flyers for illegale narcotics, ok. I can get past that one. But her agressive marketing campaign-not so much.