Received Wednesday, July 2, 2008 - Rant
Hello everyone. I know this is not a nanny sighting, but the board has been empty of new stories for a while, so I thought I would submit a problem I am having. I am a live in nanny for a very wealthy family in Switzerland. In my contract, it states "Nanny is welcome to have any of the food or beverages in the kitchen." Pretty straight forward, right? Wrong. First, and I am not exaggerating, there is barely any food ever in the house. I try to eat pretty healthy, but it is hard as there is never any fruits or veggies in the house. There are bottles and bottles of wine though! Whenever my hostmom goes grocery shopping, she only brings the items that she will need that night upstairs, and locks the rest of the food in the cellar.
They own another house in Switzerland, and go to it on the weekends. I need a break on the weekends from work, so I rarely go. However, she takes any food that I might eat while they are gone, and lock it away in the cellar. When it comes time for me to make lunch, she will leave the food out that I am to prepare. The problem is, she will leave enough food for one person when there are two of us that have to eat!
My hostmom is borderline anorexic, and I rarely see her eat. I am not overweight, nor do I binge eat. I am 5'9, and 145lbs. There is no reason to lock up the food!! I usually end up having to buy my own food for meals, and as I only make about $350 and food prices are going up, it is really hard. I have asked for $100 or so more dollars a month to cover my food expenses, and they said no, that I could eat with them! I think this is just more of a rant, lol, but those of you who have live-in nannies, please make sure they are not hungry all the time!!