I thought I better share my story here, as hiring part-time cleaner is rather common now.
My very experience independent part-time cleaner
She was an Indonesian residing here, who has been cleaning on weekly basis at my place for more than the past one year. She said she used to work at a home for more than 10 years but I guess something must have happened or probably the family no longer needs her. And then she continue to work for another old couple at another house but that only last for a few months. Hmmm…I wonder why…
And since then, she has been living with some Indonesians around, whom work as part time cleaners in our area (those not attached to agents).
At times, I do hear some stories about her stealing, which I am not sure if it is real or rumors. As she cleaned very well,I took her to clean at our place on weekly basis. As we do not keep anything valuable at home so I thought why not.
As CNY was approaching
So right before CNY approached, I happened to accidentally withdrawn too much cash as I did not manage to use it with some payment I had planned last minute. So just before I went to pick up the cleaner, I MAKE SURE I divide them properly and then hide them very properly in between my files inside my store room.
I did not suspect anything but I was just wondering why the cleaner clean exceptionally well that day with some hours extra. She usually had to rush 2 houses in a day so I thought she was behaving a bit “nice” and “unusual” that day. I didn’t even thought of checking my cash after she left, sigh!!!!
The next morning everything was gone
So the next morning, when I went to dig into my files, I was so devastated that all Rm3500 was gone!!! I make sure I checked very properly and even on my hand bag and 100% sure THEY WERE ALL GONE!!!
Well, those are REAL CASH and for sure the cleaner must have dig into the bags of files where I usually hide some small cash. Perhaps she knew after all these while as I have been keeping a hundred or two in there during emergency use.
Since she was just next door cleaning for my neighbour the following day, I confronted her and asked her to return all my money. Well, guess her reaction…..SHE WAILED AND CRIED OUT LOUDLY with all her *Sumpah Tuhan* thing, denying that she took the money.
Knowing that she would surely not admit and since we had no proof, I left. Told myself it was all my own fault for keeping so much money at home when I cleaner came by. Well, serve me right la!
The money appear, can you believe it???
We left after that for a doctor appointment and came back 2 hours later. And to my horror, the CASH WAS SITTING right at a place, where I have 200% checked and confirmed it wasn’t there (just in case I mistakenly placed it out), a place where my boys could not reach at all (in case they wanna pull prank on me), a visible place where I usually place some cash!!!
Oh GOD, I am so thankful not only the cleaner (who probably felt bad after some words I gave to her before I left) return all the money, but I also FOUND OUT THAT SHE ACTUALLY DUPLICATED AND HAD A SET OF OUR HOUSE KEYS all these while!!!
I was really a blessing in disguise…*PHIEW*
I got hubby to change all the main locks just in case the cleaner and her illegal friends plan a break in one of these days as she knows my in-out schedule very well.
Can never really trust hiring anyone from outside into our home anymore, sigh!!!!!