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    Default What would you do? - cleaning lady advice

    Hummmm where to begin....

    I have an apt in Santiago. I visit frequently. I am using a cleaning lady who goes to clean a day before I arrive and a day after I leave. She came highly recommended by some very close friends who have been using her for the past 15 years. She has keys to the apt.

    Recently one of those friends told me that he had 3 watches gone missing. He also told me that for some time his wife's jewelry has also gone missing (little things here and there). They decided to part ways with this cleaning lady.

    Putting aside how nice she is I have never had anything gone missing in my apt. But, when I think about it I don't really have anything of value there. Only shoes, clothes and your general housewares like blender, iron, coffee maker etc.

    Would you keep her or let her go?

    I am really at a bind here. I used 2 cleaning ladies before and the were HORRIBLE to say the least. Did not clean up to my expectations. This cleaning lady goes above and beyond every single time she cleans.

    Feel free to ask any questions.

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    I'd get rid of her. If she was fired by your close friends for stealing she expects being fired by you too and might do what politicians do when their term is almost over.

    And besides, nothing worse than having someone in your house you can't trust. Anything you can't find you'll think it was her.

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    I say keep her. For one thing, you never know who it is who it is taking your friend's stuff...could be his wife, could be friends of his wife, could be his kids, friends of kids, etc.

    Why terminate someone if they have done nothing wrong. Misinformation and rumors are king on this island.

    Frank

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    Getting a new one might result in more problems. If she hasn't taken anything from you keep her for now.


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    If you keep her, just make sure you don't leave anything in there you wouldn't want to lose.

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    I find this strange. Your friends employed this woman for 15 years, and just recently things have gone missing? And they naturally blame her? Where is the evidence?

    I say keep her. You have nothing of value in the apartment anyway, and I think she is being judged unfairly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KateP View Post
    If you keep her, just make sure you don't leave anything in there you wouldn't want to lose.
    On the contrary, leave a stack of Domincan money--say 3 or 4 thousand pesos in small bills. Double count it to make sure you know exactly how much it is--and then recount it a few days later.

    Very simple. You'll have your answer right away.

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    All - thanks for the input.

    I was leaning towards keeping her but wanted to see what you all thought.

    I have a safe in my closet and I once forgot to put left over money in there. I had about 2,000 pesos which I left in one of my drawers and when I came back the money was there.

    I guess only time will tell......

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    Quote Originally Posted by El Tigre View Post
    All - thanks for the input.

    I was leaning towards keeping her but wanted to see what you all thought.

    I have a safe in my closet and I once forgot to put left over money in there. I had about 2,000 pesos which I left in one of my drawers and when I came back the money was there.

    I guess only time will tell......
    Is the safe bolted down? It can sometimes be more tempting than any money lying around...

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    I say that you should talk with the maid, let her know that you heard about the situation with your friend. She will most likely tell you that it was not her that stole the watches (even if it was her)... But, the conversation will be your warning statement to her. Then, if something does get stolen from your apartment, you could have means to fire her with cause after you have given her adequate warning. But - it also gives you an opportunity to let her know that you like her service - and by showing her this respect and loyalty, she may also return the respect and loyalty to you.

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