Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Does it make me a bad person?

Does it make me a bad person that I get ticked off when the cleaning lady eats my food?

I mean, really. I can afford a cleaning person (we've had one since July), in part because we are very frugal. We are, in particular, very frugal with food. Cooking from scratch, rarely eating out, etc.

The first time I came home to find an avocado missing, I called the boss. I got an apology. I had a bunch of avocados, but I had planned to use the one, big ripe one for dinner, and it was gone.

Problem solved, right? Nope. The pizza we ordered on Sunday... came home yesterday to find a few slices missing. My husband didn't eat it. This is really good, really expensive pizza. $2.50 a slice. She eats $7.50 worth of my food that's a total treat for me. Why doesn't she sneak the 50 cents worth of cashew pasta?

I'm trying to get over this. She did reorganize and clean out my cabinets, my spice drawers, and my son's clothing yesterday (very nicely). But I'm starting to think she's not going to get a Christmas bonus if she keeps eating my food. I figured paying $75 every two weeks for the work was enough. I didn't realize that I had to provide food too.

Should I cancel? You know, we've never hired anyone else before. The few people I know with cleaning people have either women who have a LONG waiting list OR have people who "don't do deep cleaning". Seriously, I want the deep cleaning.

I'm just going to have to be careful to hide the good stuff. Go ahead, eat the chocolate! But not my pizza. :(


Kelly from Almost Frugal said...

No it doesn't! She doesn't have a relationship with you, she cleans your house. I think you should talk to her boss one more time, make it clear that she stops eating your food or you cancel the service. Then start looking for someone else!

Living Almost Large said...

This is not real right? Who does that? I've had cleaning before but never has anyone ever eaten food.

Krista said...

I would be pretty mad. Tell them that the next time it happens, you will deduct the cost of the food and prep from the check you send them. That should get their attention!

Marcia said...

I thought it was just me. My poor husband doesn't know WHAT to think.

(She did replace the avocado.)