Wednesday

Pacific Park Playground in Brooklyn

Received Wednesday, April 23, 2008
nanny sighting logo I was at the playground by PS 38 yesterday, (4/22) with my son. What a great day to be outside and enjoying New York City! Whooo Hahhh, Spring is finally here. Everyone seemed to be so happy to be outside with their kids and their charges. There was a lot of great care going on. There is one small thing that happened that I thought was strange. A nanny was carrying a black tote bag, medium sized and was showing another nanny what she had. That which she had was wrapped up in The Post (newspaper). We are busy playing and I don't pay much attention to her. I see the one nanny take one of the things, re wrap it, wrap it in a diaper and put it in her diaper bag. Later the first nanny with the black tote bag leaves the park. About ten minutes later, another nanny shows up and starts chatting up the nanny who took the object and placed it in the diaper bag. This nanny told the newly arriving nanny that she had just missed "aila", "haila" "Hail-yah", "Ai-lah" (?) and that she had some new stuff. The newly arriving nanny asked, "is this for you to keep"? and the other nanny said, "no, no, this I can sell for lots. Its 'lah/doe'". These were little statues. I saw two of them, but not up close. One was a man and woman, their bodies were very white and they looked like they were laying down but they were standing up in a blanket. (?). The second looked like a small group of ballerinas. These colors are almost pastel. The second nanny had wrapped the one with the man and a woman in a diaper. The nanny who brought the other one took it back home. I am not sure but I think I witnessed a nanny selling something of her employers. I could be wrong about this. I fully admit that. Whatever was going on is something that has been going on as I got to the vibe that this nanny was one to look for at the playground. The nanny who brought the stuff in a black canvas tote bag was Hispanic and Black or Puerto Rican. She had little or no accent, spoke perfect English, had brownish hair that was in little curls and frizzy. medium skin, 30's and she was wearing grey work out style pants and a pink button up sweater with short sleeves. She was in charge of a boy who was about 4 and who came with her on foot wearing long shorts and sandals. The nanny who put the thingy in her diaper bag put it in a pinkish and tan diaper bag with long straps. She was Hispanic, older, maybe 50? She had medium skin, darker hair and some specks on her skin. I can't remember what she had on but she was taking care of a little baby with huge brown eyes and long eye lashes. The baby was probably 14 months old. It's kind of hard to remember the details today. The more I think about I think I saw something that should be alerted.

44 comments:

Anonymous said...

So you eavesdropped a whole lot and snooped into pepole's purses even more and put together a twisted story of theivery in your own mind and you think someone ELSE is doing something wrong?

justine said...

If the OP got it wrong, so what?
If a parents is missing these statues or any statues, then perhaps she didn't.

Sheesh.

Anonymous said...

Uhmmm, well, my niece supplements her income by selling costume jewelery, figurines and statues, etc. Most of them are of a religious type (Santeria) - so maybe what you witnessed was a person doing what she needed to make a few bucks. Admittedly, she should have been keeping a watchful eye on her charge(s), that said, I don't really see an issue here, unless you know for sure she had items stolen from her employer.

erics mom said...

Hmm, probably wrapped in a diaper so the item wouldn't break. I agree she probably sells items on the side to get extra cash. Maybe, she was on vacation in her country and brought the items here, to sell at a higher price.

Anonymous said...

That would be a Lladro figure from the moniker "lah/doe".

mom said...

If those are Lladro's (which the name and description both indicate that they probably are)they can be quite expensive. Not likely something somebody would sell on the side as a business. Also, if they are legitimate, I believe that there is a minimum price set by Lladro and the cost varies very little from place to place. Even at Costco they are not exceptionally cheap. Because most of them are readily available (unless "retired") there is little opportunity for a big markup because the price is already set high, and somebody who knows enough to collect them would know to just get one at a store for an uninflated price.
I think this sounds very fishy under the circumstances.

Check your china and curio cabinets.

Anonymous said...

1:09 - I think you're right. Whatever the nanny had and however she got it, it was most likely Lladro, which is an expensive Spanish line of porcelain figurines (along the lines of Hummel or Precious Moments).

Anonymous said...

How can you tell if a figurine is expensive? Is it signed with the name? Does it have to have a number on it? Where would you go to resale it? Could you get an estimate on it before you took it out of the house? TIA

mom said...

I'm sure there is a way to find out on the web somehow what individual figurines are worth (if retired) and currently selling for if still available in stores.

Generally, the more detail they have, the more expensive they are. The price can vary by hundreds of dollars for similar sized figurines depending on the degree of detail. For instance, some of them have tiny little flowers on them. They are individually made and painted...so the more flowers they use, the more expensive.

I think Lladros are very beautiful. There is a lesser line of Lladros called Nao by Lladro that are significantly cheaper...although still not cheap by any means. I also used to collect Precious Moments in my younger years. Lladro is in a whole different price league than Percious Moments. I don't know about Hummels.

Anonymous said...

I do not like Lladro. I also understood that Nao by Lladro was an entire line entirely. Doesn't it have an umbrella insignia?

Just the same, I doubt we should be giving out information to 1:34 PM who's goal may be to fence stolen goods.

mom said...

I don't know about the Nao's at all but have seen them right next to the other Lladros, looking just the same, except for the price tag.

And 1:34, or anybody who steals for a living, knows how to unload the stuff already without any help from me. If some of these crafty criminals would just devote as much time to earning an honest living as they do trying to cover up their crimes, they would probably be much wealthier in the end anyway. Fools.

Anonymous said...

The only thing that bothers me about this post is that the OP noticed and heard an awful lot. When I'm at the park with my kids, I'm never in one place long enough to put together an entire conversation being had by other people at the park. It's just kind of weird that she saw all of that and heard all of that when she was "so busy playing".

Anonymous said...

Have you seen the size of some of these NY plaground? Their the size of a tennis court.

Anonymous said...

3:17

i'm not sure what point you are trying to make. even at a playground the size of a tennis court, i never have a problem minding my own business. yes sometimes you can hear a conversation, but not the entire thing between three different nannies. and lets not forget that great detailed description of the items she saw. this lady was just being plain ole' nosy!!!!

Anonymous said...

Oh good grief. If that's the best you can do at attacking OP for this sighting, you're having to stretch pretty thin. Move along now.

Anonymous said...

Interesting.
First strollers, now lladro figurines. Have these Brooklyn nannies no shame?

I kid, I kid.

Anonymous said...

Well maybe the way they were acting caused her to pay attention to what they wre doing. They could have been selling drugs, But as it is she saw the statues. It could have been completly innocent and maybe they belonged to the nanny and she needed to sell them. In the meantime if someone reads this and finds theirs missing they may be able to find out who took them. SO it didn't hurt anyone by posting this.

marypoppin'pills said...

Lladros figurines are absolutely gorgeous. I don't know if these are the Ballet dancers or not, but at least you can get an idea what kind of money we're talking about ...

Anonymous said...

Lladro creates some of the finest quality porcelain sculptures in the world. They are in the caliber of Royal Doulton or Herend, and some of their more elaborate, museum-quality pieces can sell for tens of thousands of dollars. Hummel and Precious Moments are not even close to Lladro's caliber. In terms of the resale market for Lladro, the scupltures tend to appreciate rapidly and are a smart investment. A piece I purchased in Fall 2006 for $1400 has since been retired and is now going for $2300.

mom said...

The other thing about Lladros is that they come in beautiful boxes, each one designed just the right size for the figurine inside, with a protective foam to keep it from breaking. You would not buy one of these in the store and not have it come in one of the boxes. My mother in law once told me that it was important to keep the boxes because the original boxes improve the resale value. Anybody who collected them, or sold them as a side business, would absolutely know this.
There should be no need whatsoever for anybody selling these as a "side business" to be wrapping them in diapers. They would never dispense with the boxes before selling...if they ever had the boxes. If you BUY one legitimately you always get the box. This is a strong indication that they are stolen.

However, I doubt nanny is stealing them from the home where she works. You don't just have a bunch of Lladros go missing and not notice them gone. She would be easily caught. The comment "I have good stuff today" is also suspicious. More likely she is working with a burglar, a burglary ring, or something similar.

This is New York, so the police might be too busy to deal with it, but in a smaller town they would be all over this information. On the other hand, maybe its worth a shot if she keeps selling things at this same park every day. You could tell the police that you have witnessed what you think is a pattern of high end stolen goods being stolen/exchanged at this certain park every day. When very wealthy people get robbed (as it sounds may be the case here) sometimes the police are a little more interested in solving the crime. Maybe there has even been a series of cat burglaries recently and you will crack the case! You never know. Stranger things have happened.

mpp said...

Thanks for so much info, Mom.

Anonymous said...

3:02- op never specified the age of her child. Maybe he's 10 years old and didn't need mommy to catch him at the bottom of the slide. If I noticed something suspicious going on, I would be likely to evesdrop too.

Anonymous said...

In defense of OP,
I always eavesdrop.
I always dip in people's conversations.
On the train, in the supermarket, even at a traffic light. You will see my ears flapping in a restaurant, in a hotel lobby and at the doctor's office. My ears tune in on anything that looks or sounds remotely interesting. My antennae adjust and I hone in on conversations at the park, in the pharmacy, in line at the DMV, in an elevator, on a ferry and at Starbucks. I try to maintain composure, but true you might see me try to dial into conversations just out of my reach as I strive to hear the people in the hospital room next door, the woman whispering on her cell phone, the men in cheap suits talking in hushed tones over veal picatta and the parent teacher conference going on right before mine.

mpp said...

7:42
LOL, at least your honest, right?

Anonymous said...

Get a life people. Lets report bad nanny sightings here and not random stuff about what you think someone may or may not be doing. Sheeeeesh. Nannies get no breaks around here. I come on here to see if my kids nanny may pop up or someone I know. The OP has probably been watching too much Law & Order.

Anonymous said...

If you come here to look for your kid's nanny, you need to get a life and let me suggest that life be one of a responsible mother!

Anonymous said...

11:37
Your joking right?? Isn't that the entire point of the website??? What the heck do you come here for?

Anonymous said...

Wow...11:37, you must not have read the title to this website. It is called "I saw your nanny". I would think a parent reading this type of site and who employs a nanny is being a lot more responsible then one who is not. Some people (11:37) speak before they think about what they are saying.

Anonymous said...

I am 1137
Let me clarify, if you come to this blog on a regular basis looking for your nanny, you shouldn't have your nanny with your children.

If you come here to see if you recognize anyone you know, that is different. I wasn't being harsh or mean.

fg said...

actually 11:37 you were being kind of harsh. You know the "get a life" comment. That's harsh-maybe not mean. You clarified and softened your comments. Doesn't bother me one way or another as you were expressing your view. Isn't "get a life" so .... yesterday, though>?

Anonymous said...

lol....way to back track 11:37. your comments did come off harsh and mean.

Anonymous said...

I'm glad people are responsible enough to come here and look for anything that might be posted about their nanny, but it's worrisome to think that you might not be %100 sure your kids are safe if you have to check up on their nanny.

Catch 22, isn't it?

Anonymous said...

I'm only 100% sure my kids are safe when they are with me! Anything other than that (school, friends house, grandparents..don't tell my mom...etc.) and I may not be in a panic, but I still call to check up sometimes.

marypoppin'pills said...

"I'm only 100% sure my kids are safe when they are with me!"
2:49

And those are the magic words that explain why we must check up on those that we think we trust.

Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Yeppers....a simple NANNY...would not ever have a Lladro herself now would she? Day after day I am amazed. Most days, there are legitimate posts and wonderful responses. Other days this place is filled with "nose in the air" biddies.

mom said...

No silly, but a nanny with multiple Lladros to sell out of her diaper bag, wrapped in diapers because she has no boxes for them...probably not "hers" for the selling.
Not everything is about prejudice...no matter how hard some people try to put every little thing into that category.

1) Reach up to shoulder

2) Remove chip before it becomes a boulder

3) Say "Ahhhh"

4) Start enjoying life

Anonymous said...

A nanny fencing stolen Lladros in a playground,for a cat burglar. Very imaginative.

This is NYC folks. They are probably fake whatevers from Canal Street.

Anonymous said...

Why would anybody want to pay a marked up price on some fake statue they could just as easily walk over to canal street and buy for less themselves? That makes no sense.

Ess Tee said...

All of this nosiness, worry, and speculation would end if you people would stop using foreigners, blacks, and latinos for your nannies. Make it easy on yourselves.

My God you people are pathetic.

cali mom said...

Ess Tee: uh yeah. Because caucasian American-born people NEVER carry diaper=wrapped figurines in their diaper bags.

Better get back to Armpit, Arkansas now. Someone is answering your ad for a $150/wk babysitter.

ess tee said...

Ummmm Cali mom, Learn sarcasm!

Anonymous said...

ess tee,
nah that was just plain dumb.

and when i steal my boss's lladros, i put them on ebay! and i make sure to steal the box and certfificate too. Duh!

ess tee said...

LOL @ 2:58 pm, I am sure you would get better prices on the nanny blackmarket than on Ebay. Plus think of all the money you save on shipping. ;)

Anonymous said...

8:08PM
For the same reason they buy fake bags from street vendors on 86 St. It saves them a trip down to Canal St. People are cheap, but busy.
or:
The nanny gets them wholesale from her lover, a member of the China Town mafia, who is in the business of importing fakes, and she sells them at below Canal St. prices.
or:
Her employer lost his job at Bear Stearns, the co-op, and country house are in foreclosure, and to avoid embarrassment, they are selling their worldly goods through the nanny, at below cost, in order to put food on the table.