At least my vaccuum doesn't break shit

Awhile back I lamented about my hubby's desire to get a housekeeper. Yes, yes, go ahead and throw tomatoes & incredulous looks my way; I get that a lot. But I did give in and say FINE, get a damn housekeeper. And you know what? It was pretty awesome.

For awhile.

But then things started to change.

My girl's favorite little nightlight disappeared. When I asked Lila*, she had no idea what I was talking about.

Then a crack showed up in one of our bathroom floor tiles. Again, Lila didn't have a clue.


Then there were gouges in the wood of one window seat, gouges in the wood of the bar, and a broken glass.

Then a glass candleholder wound up broken in my laundry room, where I had left it soaking in the sink.

Then random black smudges showed up on our bathroom countertops. Can't get them off.

Then my hubby's wedding ring disappeared. It's still gone. And we didn't discover this one until after we had let her go.

So we have been without a housekeeper for a couple of months. And honestly, it's not that bad. I just added more tasks in my multi-tasking schedule, and it's fine. No, it's not as clean and dust-free as it was, but it works.

Then last night, while in my daughter's room, I noticed that a collector's plate on her wall looked odd. I took it off the wall to find that it had been broken, in several pieces, and then glued back together. Whomever glued it did a shitty-ass job. How did I not notice this before?

The really shitty part is that this plate was given to me by my grandmother (who is no longer alive) when I was a little girl. So, it's sentimental. And it's f-ing broken.

There's really nothing I can do about it at this point, besides be bummed.

But then I thought, Maybe I can replace it? And sure enough, I found several on e-Bay. So, it's not the exact one given to me by my grandmother, but it is still the same plate. I think I want to replace it. What do you think?
*Lila is not her real name*


Holly said...

Was she through an agency?

Oooo, that would make me MAD!

I'd replace it for her room - but keep the old one as well - maybe in a box? Add a note to the box so that when you had it down to her she'll understand the situation. Sigh. People suck.

My Bottle's Up! said...

i would cut the bitch. there's some stuff in the magoo's room that would absolutely wreck me if it were broken and then dipshittedly (yes, i just made that word up) glued back together.

i concur with holly... people suck. but i'd still cut the bitch.

Janie Woods said...

Yeah, I'd have to say I'd cut her. What a bitch. Actually, she doesn't rise to bitch standards....

WMDR has the best idea. Get a new one and keep both.

I had a babysitter once who trashed my couch, drank all my booze and let her monster destroy a miniature tea set that my great grandmother had MADE. MADE--not bought. She didn't glue it back together, she just hid it behind some books in one of my bookcases. Yeah, I found that AFTER I fired her for the couch...

TUWABVB said...

If she is through an agency or a bonded company, I would complain. And complain loudly.

As far as the plate, I would keep it, but perhaps buy the new one for your girl as a new keepsake. But don't get rid of the old one. It would make for a funny story at least.

Kristie said...

I have recommendations if you need a good person. That sucks that she was a bad housekeeper.

Anonymous said...

Like the others said, would complain as loudlt as possible to the agency. I would make a scene up in that mother fucker. For realz. But that's just how I roll.
I am so sorry about the plate from your grandma, that is just shitty. I know that feeling in your gut when something like that happens. HUGS friend.
Oh, and I would just keep the broken one. I'm weird.

Alan said...

Yeah...that would piss me off to no end! Sorry you had to find your plate all broken and your hubby's ring gone. That SUCKS!

Chibi Jeebs said...

*RAWR* That deserves a punch in the neck. People really do suck.

Sarah said...

WTF?! That's some bad ju-ju, man.

Tis better to have dust bunnies than broken family heirlooms.

I'm all for that punch in the throat.

Anonymous said...

Housekeeper - I think not!! Housewrecker sounds so much better.

I seethe when another kid breaks my kids toys through their ignorance so I hate to imagine what I would've done to that housekeeper!!

lilfootsmommy said...

Call her back as if to hire her back and confront her about ALL of the things that happened! That's just not right! She needs to own up to any and/or all of it!

I'd buy a new one of the plates. It's important

Anonymous said...

Sad-trunkslammers like this give honest dependable housecleaners a bad name.
I'm sorry this happened to you.