Received Sunday, March 22, 2009
Hello, I am a Nanny and have been doing this for 7 years now. I was recently asked by a family to go to London and help them with their 3 year old twin boys. The trip was going to be 8 days long and I was going to get paid 1200 for my services (150 a day). Plus, they paid for my ticket and were going to pay for everything else food, activities etc.
I got to spend a few days with the boys before hand and they were great. The family is great and laid back. The mother is wonderful and understanding. I was very excited about the trip! I went to the house the day before the trip to help the mom with laundry and packing. I packed all the kids and parents things too (I am very organized) and she was very grateful. The day of the trip comes and things were very relaxed and calm. The mom said "I made the process of going to the airport very easy and relaxing, because normally things would be hectic".
We get to London and I'm going through customs and get stopped. Apparently, you need a
"working Visa" to work as a nanny in London. Basically, to make a long story short I got stopped in London and was sent back home. I got to London at 7 in the morning and left at 3 in the afternoon. I got back to NYC at 7 at night. The process was humiliating, scary, stressful, and upsetting. They went through my luggage and purse. The person who went through my stuff was very unprofessional. She was making comments on my clothes, makeup, and perfume. Where I bought this, where can she find that. I was like wtf???? Then I was finger printed, asked about 20 questions, and then thrown in this room, where I had to wait until I was sent back to NYC. I called the family to let them know that I was okay. The family was out at the park with the kids. I ended up speaking to the grandmother.
My question is what should I do. I really needed this money. I am currently not working and this money was really needed. I am so upset and don't know what to do. They already have a full-time nanny and I can't work for them to make up the hours. Should they still pay me? Should they pay me half? Parents what would you do? Nannies what would you do? What should I do? I'm so confused and lost.