Sunday, September 19, 2010
Last February I began a job with a family who had three children- a boy, 7 and 1 year old boy/girl twins.
After my first week, one of my personal references told me that the husband had called her, and had asked some strange questions.. one of which was wondering if I was dating anyone. I thought it was a little strange, but since the first week had gone great, I figured he was just being extra cautious and asking lots of questions. The second week things quickly went downhill. When I arrived on Monday, the father announced that he was taking some time off, and that he would be staying at home for awhile to get a few things done. This struck me as kind of odd and sudden, but told them I didn't mind.
The next day, I was standing in the kitchen, fixing bottles for the twins. The dad came up behind me and said: You look very nice today, and then began rubbing my arm up and down. The next few days the same sort of things started happening, the compliments and always rubbing my arm and touching my shoulders. By this time, I was feeling very uncomfortable, and put in my two weeks notice. The next day, my dad called me, telling me that a man who identified himself as my employer kept calling his work, demanding to know where I was and begging my dad to convince me to stay. This freaked me out because I never told him about my family, and I haven't lived near my family for five years. There is no way he could have found out about them without doing some serious research.
I called the wife, and told her I would not be returning the next day. I didn't want to mention the behavior of the husband, so I just decided to move on and forget about it. Unfortunately, this was not the best idea. I began receiving letters and emails-dozens a day, with the father telling me how much he wanted me, and begging to see me. I never replied. The final straw came about a month after I had quit. I was in a cafe near my house with a friend. As we got up to leave, I saw someone out of the corner of my eye. It was HIM!!! He came up smiling and told me that he had moved in RIGHT DOWN THE STREET!! I called the cops, and ended up having to take a restraining order out on this freako! I met them through a popular nanny site, and they requested that I interviewed with them. The interview went great, the parents were very nice, and the children were adorable. They offered me a full time position with excellent benefits, so I accepted.