Friday

Tarrytown Library on Broadway in Tarrytown, NY

Received Friday, August 28, 2009
nanny sighting logo Snippy nanny alert! Young 20-'s Joan Jett wannabe in a grey and black striped tunic, black denim mini with ripped patches, black converse shoes and pale white skin. 2 year old boy with orange-blonde hair, big mouth, large teeth for young age, wearing a pigment dyed grey/blue t-shirt with a brown dog on it. There was writing on it. This takes place at the Tarrytown Library on Broadway in Tarrytown, NY, also called the Warner Library. The time was around or about 3:35 PM on Thursday, 8/27.

The incident is as follows, the nanny mistook me for a librarian. I had my five year old with me and had said she could pick out three books, but she took about ten off the shelf, so I was diligently putting them back. I am often mistaken for a person of power of the child's mother because I am quite savy and excedingly smart. I am the sort of person people come up to wherever I am and ask me for advice or directions. At any rate, this is what happened. She comes up to me and asks if she missed story time. I tell her that story time is on hiatus until September. She tells me, "Fuck". Then she says, "Sorry, I just need a time kill or I'm gonna shoot myself." I look at her cautiously and say, "Well we wouldn't want that, would we, how about a park?" She says, "That fucking humidity is bananas. bananas." So, still I try to be nice and I say, "My name is X and this is my charge XY and you know I just don't talk like that in front of her." Now she looks at me like I am from another planet. She says, "You don't WORK here?" And I say, "Nope, just trying to be helpful." Then she says, "If I wanted to ask a nanny for advice I'd text myself." And she seizes her charges hand and takes off towards a counter.

Granted this may not seem like a huge deal, but would you hire a nanny that behaved like that in an interview? Or talked like that around a child? Or seemed to conclude that suicide was a better option than having to spend one more afternoon with your child? I think not.

22 comments:

ericatomten1 said...

Sorry to be the grammar police--but despite your claim for being both exceedingly smart and savvy--you spelled both words wrong!

Mary said...

Bad nanny sighting, yes. And although I didn't want to be the first to say it, are you kidding me?! You're "quite savy and excedingly smart"? First of all, it's spelled "savvy" and "exceedingly". Secondly, does this just permeate from your pores or something? How do people, who have never met or spoken to you before, approach you because they just magically know you are "savvy" and "exceedingly smart"? HAHA!

Sorry, I know that's not the point of the post and it's all irrelevant, but it just irked me to read that part.

Bint Ethel said...

The nanny who wrote this is annoying.

laughing said...

hahahahhaahha.
Agree with the other 2 comments obviously.
The nanny sounds like some girls I am (kind of) friends with (not in NY though), who say the most inappropriate things in front of anyone and don't think anything of it. The girl that cuts my hair says "fuck" all the time and talks about her sex life AT her salon while cutting my hair with 65 year old coworkers and their clients next to us.

Not nanny material, but mildly entertaining to talk to. I'm hoping she wasn't speaking like this in front of your charge, OP, since you were with a 5 year old. Honestly, if she was just with a 2 year old, the kid probably didn't notice although hopefully she doesn't talk like that often in front of her charge. The conversation you had with her would almost make sense if she thought in the first place that she was talking to another nanny and not to a librarian.

laughing said...

also, OP, just because the nanny was ridiculous when you talked to her does NOT mean she "behaved that way in an interview".
And I don't think she was serious about the suicide part, idiot.

nanny and mommy said...

i honestly think that this nanny was just venting. inappropriate choice of words, maybe, especially in front of your charge. you are right on that count. however, if you've NEVER had one of those days (as a nanny, a mom, or anyone with or without kids) where you need a break (and, perhaps, don't want to sit/play in 100% humidity), you really ARE superwoman.

all that aside, the way your post is written is going to turn a lot of readers and submitters off. you can say what happened and how you think it was inappropriate without tooting your own horn, and showing your lack of intelligence and savvy.

MinuteMuggle said...

lmao!

OP this nanny is a piece of work and SO ARE YOU!

LMAO!!!

Babs said...

this was a strange encounter and enjoyable to read. succinct.

Babs said...

Oh and the nanny doesn't have to be serious about the suicide part, you just don't talk like that around children! Good sighting.

Unbeliever said...

I'm calling shenanigans. None of this sounds true.

MinuteMuggle said...

Unbeliever:
I disagree: it is too weird NOT to be true!

just my opinion said...

The only thing I find odd is the nanny would talk to this Librarian like that. I mean, most people imagine them to be conservative and demure. I know that is probably a load of crap and I kind of have a foul mouth myself but I would NEVER curse in front of someone in a public setting, especially if I didn't know them!

MissMannah said...

I'll admit it, I've said I've wanted to kill myself while on the job. Sometimes, especially on high humidity days, a nanny can get to the end of her rope. However, I do say it under my breath or just within earshot of my friend. I don't go and make a scene at the library, cussing and yelling at librarians. I'm calling a bit of BS on this sighting, seems overly exaggerated from a nanny that is just a little too full of herself.

MissMannah said...

PS: I LOVED the Joan Jett-wannabe references. It made me lol.

Lindsey said...

LOL

Lindsey said...

Oh and BTW, Don't tell me you've never said a bad word. WHo goes into an interview saying fuck this and fuck ya. NO ONE. Even though we ALL use the term at some point. She thought she was talking to someone in a casual manner. Although not the best language to use infront of kids, I can't say that I haven't spouted off in front of my own kids before.
Why don't you write Miss Manners and ask her what she thinks :)

Lola said...

"Just my opinion' I am a librarian part time and you would not believe how people behave with us. Swearing, yelling, death threats! ~if their book is not in! And ALL the librarians under grandma age get hit on constantly, including myself. Probably not what I imagined librarian life to be like when I was younger either, but you got to live it to see.

ericatomten1 said...

Lola, that is too funny! Never thought what it would be like to be in a librarian's shoes!!

over_the_bridge said...

don't feed the troll!

NannyVal said...

"I am often mistaken for a person of power of the child's mother because I am quite savy and excedingly smart. I am the sort of person people come up to wherever I am and ask me for advice or directions."

?????How exactly does this fit into the sighting? Get a blog!

world's best nanny said...

At one nanny job a few months in, the MomBoss asked me, "Do you ever swear?" I said no because I have a little one at home and they are parrots at that age. She said, "oh" and continued swearing like a sailor on the cell phone. Her baby was 8 months old at the time. Guess what? When baby was 2 1/2 one of her favorite words was "shit!" I said one day, remember our convo about swearing? Told Ya!

mom said...

Good sighting...but really, OP...you needed to tell us how smart you are?
I always find that I am most impressed by people's admirable attributes when I find out about them accidently, or they become evident on their own. I don't care if somebody has a 200 IQ and climbs Mt. Everest each weekend for grins, if they toot their own horn about it, it completely negates any admirtation I may have otherwise had for whatever it was. I think this is true for many people.

(Just something to think about when you are dealing with "real life" people that you must see repeatedly...if you want to have freinds and be well liked and respected anyway. Otherwise, count on all of those people you think so envy and admire you actually talking behind your back about how pretentious you are whenever you leave the room.)