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to sack cleaner who went through my laundry basket?

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Noendofideas Tue 19-Jan-16 22:03:08

Long story short; new cleaner- job includes washing and ironing DC clothes. All tasks written out and agreed. Not doing a fantastic job generally but today discovered she has gone through my laundry basket and done some of my washing. Hasn't done any dc washing. I expressly said no need to touch my stuff. When asked why she said she forgot it was supposed to just be the dc washing. I am absolutely livid that she went through my laundry basket, which is full and thought this was acceptable. I want to sack her immediately but DH thinks I am being unfair and it was just a stupid mistake. Who is bu?

Griphook Tue 19-Jan-16 22:05:31

Why are you livid? What do you think she was doing? She said she forgot, why isn't that good enough?

It's sounds like a complete over reaction on your part.

Catsize Tue 19-Jan-16 22:05:48

You are. You said 'no need to', rather than 'don't'. She probably thought she was doing you a favour.

Mamagin Tue 19-Jan-16 22:05:54


se22mother Tue 19-Jan-16 22:06:26

Yabu. She was trying to help.

kali110 Tue 19-Jan-16 22:06:58


Eminado Tue 19-Jan-16 22:07:09

Oh my goodness!!! Calm down!
What was in your laundry basket to cause this level of overreaction?!

SwearyInn Tue 19-Jan-16 22:07:10

Please sack her - spare her the nightmare of working for a fucking arse any longer.

wizzywig Tue 19-Jan-16 22:07:10

Eh? Not understanding the livid. Unless your kids dont have any cleaned ironed clothes and its too late to get the machine on. Id be annoyed about that

dementedpixie Tue 19-Jan-16 22:07:17

I think you are overreacting really. You want to sack someone for washing your clothes which is a bit daft

LaPharisienne Tue 19-Jan-16 22:07:25

You're crazy! I would fall before her and prostrate myself with gratitude.

(My cleaner does my laundry and has done for years)
(best thing ever)
(I will always love her a little bit for it)

LaurieFairyCake Tue 19-Jan-16 22:07:39

Unless you think she was sniffing your pants you're being a bit unreasonable

Simple mistake

IoraRua Tue 19-Jan-16 22:07:43

You're unreasonable. I hope your cleaner finds a person who is less prone to overreacting to work for, for their sake.

AddToBasket Tue 19-Jan-16 22:08:02

YABU. Seriously, all cleaners come and go. Try to keep them as long as you can and try to keep them happyish - that way you will get the best out of them.

Buy another laundry bin and explain 'please do THAT ONE, but NOT the other'

backwardpossom Tue 19-Jan-16 22:08:12

YABU. Sounds like a genuine mistake. You sound slightly scary. I wouldn't want to work for someone who is livid about a mix up over what laundry to do/not do.

Kittykatmacbill Tue 19-Jan-16 22:08:52


How does she get the children's clothes without going in the laundry basket?

FlatOnTheHill Tue 19-Jan-16 22:09:09

YABU and sound like you need to calm down. Cant believe this has made you livid and you want to sack the poor woman.
Actually you would be doing her a favour. You sound like a precious nightmare.

Redglitter Tue 19-Jan-16 22:09:11

Livid cos she's done a bit of washing

Jeez there's really nowhere quite like MN for some serious over reacting hmm

omri Tue 19-Jan-16 22:10:39

I think yabu and over-reacting.
Are you embarrassed at her seeing your dirty knickers?
It's not a sack-able offence.
Relax and if it makes you feel better make a list of every one of her tasks and then be explicit that you do not want anything else done.

wigglesrock Tue 19-Jan-16 22:11:09

She made a mistake - she's new to your house, what you require/don't require - I can't think of anyone I know who hasn't fucked up to some degree in the first few months of a new job. I wouldn't sack her, but to be very honest I can't imagine being that precious about dirty clothes.

UterusUterusGhali Tue 19-Jan-16 22:11:17

She'd have to "go through it" to find garments of the same type that can be washed together.

Agree with getting two baskets if it's that big of a deal. confused

Whatdoidohelp Tue 19-Jan-16 22:11:32

First world problems.

You overreacted. She thought she was helping. You say she isn't doing a good job anyway, is this a reason you've found to bin her?

Bluebird79 Tue 19-Jan-16 22:11:56

Christ, you are a bit precious about some dirty knickers aren't you? Does it matter?

usual Tue 19-Jan-16 22:12:18

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Sunbeam1112 Tue 19-Jan-16 22:12:19

Wow you having ago at this poor cleaner. If your that bothered clean your house yourself. Sounds like there will no pleasing you.

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