This is a lot of background, but kind of essential. The first week at our summer house, she and I went up with the kids and my husband was due to arrive Thursday. The week went fine. I had other help to combat the messiness and since we are vacation and she was living with us at the house, punctuality was not an issue. I can't even say I minded spending time with her when we were all together. On Thursday night, my husband came up, we went out to dinner. The next morning, we provided her transport to her home (about 90 minutes away). I had a car service pick her up on Monday morning and she arrived as scheduled. My husband was going to go back to work the next afternoon, so we were going to have dinner out again. The nanny watched the kids again at night, not a problem. It was a late night that night as we met up with old friends. Everyone was asleep when we came home. The next afternoon, my husband left and things seemed to go on as planned.
The housekeeper was straightening up and the nanny and kids were out at the beach when I walked in. The housekeeper was complaining about the room the nanny slept in, that there were food wrappers in there. I told her just to throw it out and that I would say something to her tonight. I heard the housekeeper say, 'I don't know what is trash and what isn't'. So I walked in behind her to see if it really was that big of a deal, There were food wrappers and postcards and magazines everywhere. Also souvenir bags and a bag from a fudge shop. I asked the housekeeper to hand me the fudge shop bag, remarking that I would tell her to keep the food in the kitchen. Curiously, I looked to see what she had bought and noticed a charge slip in the bag. This only stood out because the nanny did not have a charge card. It didn't set off any alarms at first, since she took the kids for ice cream and candy, and of course she should have gotten something for herself. Right? What is the difference between an ice cream and a box of chocolate.
After I heard the housekeeper leave, I went back in the room and looked in the other bags. Trying to wrap this up, but she had bought herself about 1000.00 worth of stuff on my credit card, just on the receipts there. I knew I had a problem. I called my husband and he said I needed to confront her. He was meanwhile going to check the charge card for previous balance. I didn't confront her until after dinner when the kids were upstairs.
She immediately began to yell at me. I came at her calmly. She asked why I was in her room. (This is why I provided the back story). She didn't just yell at me about going in her room. She yelled at me about being an absent parent. She made remarks about how much time I had spent with the children on vacation. When I told her my husband was checking the charge card for other charges, she got mad and said, "you told him?". I told her of course that I did. She claimed that she only bought the things because she didn't have a charge card and she was going to pay me back with my salary and if I had a problem with "our arrangement" why didn't I say something before we came out to ____. She then went to her room and slammed the door and started packing her things. The children were alerted to the argument by her loud voice and I sent them outside to roast marshmallows. My husband calls back and asks about some charges. There wasn't anything especially alarming as they were all places she took my kids, but clearly by what she said to me, some of those purchases had been her own. I told my husband how she was acting and he told me to hang up and call the cops about what happened there, since those charges were there. She stormed out and said, "either you need to get me transportation or give me money and I'll find a ride,but I cannot stay here like this". I told her my husband told me to call the cops. She then got a big wicked smile on her face and said, "oh, okay, do that." I looked at her funny and she chuckled and said, "I took pictures of what was left outside on the patio table, the alcohol, the drugs." I stared at her blankly. She says, "yes,before I cleaned up the cocaine residue and the card used to cut it and threw out the magazine with the powder traces on it and threw out all the beer bottles, I took some pictures. Because, I certainly wouldn't want to be blamed for child endangerment or possessing illegal drugs." Now she never showed me any pictures, however, the truth of the matter is that last night we were out late, some friends had come back to the house with us for drinks and they are cocaine users. I didn't admit or say anything but called a local taxi for her and paid cash and sent her on her way. She then demanded that I pay her. I was alone, nervous, and didn't want my kids to hear this, so I wrote her a check for the full week. She left. Later I explained some parts of it to the children. My husband came back out. He didn't like how I handled it and assigned blame to me. All of that was last July.
|Wicked Women | Rosemary Valadon|
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