Something kind of weird happened yesterday. My wife and I are still trying to make sense of it. We have a woman who comes to the house every two weeks to do some house cleaning for us – clean the bathrooms, vacuum the carpets, swiffer the laminate flooring, sweep and mop the kitchen/dining room area, some light dusting, that kind of stuff. No laundry, no dishes, she doesn’t make the beds, just cleaning up. For this we pay her $70, for probably less than an hour’s work.
Yesterday my wife had a day off of work because she had worked last weekend. Normally we’re both at work when cleaning lady comes, although sometimes when I come home for lunch she will just be finishing up and heading out the door. Yesterday cleaning lady shows up, tells my wife she has a terrible migraine, and can she come back and clean on Monday? My wife says yes.
Cleaning lady then asks, “Can I go ahead and take the money now?”
My wife said yes, and cleaning lady’s been working for us long enough that I trust her to show up on Monday, but we both just think there is something not quite right with what happened. She had no idea my wife would be home, and usually if she can’t make it she will call and leave a message, or call my wife’s cell phone, to reschedule.
We both suspect that she was planning to show up, take the money, and just do a minimal amount of cleaning, but my wife being home foiled her plan. And we’ve had some problems with her in the past - sometimes she will forget to do something like vacuum the bedroom or the rug in the living room, or something will get broken but she won’t leave a note and we’ll just happen to find it later. And every time I see her when she is here cleaning, she is constantly talking on her cell phone. So I’m sure she’s not giving the house cleaning 100% of her attention. For the amount of work she does vs the quality of the work vs what we pay her, I’ve always thought she was slightly overpaid. (The fact that she buys herself a brand new Camaro every couple of years doesn’t do anything to dispel that feeling.)
Anyway, I’m about to the point where I’m ready to tell her to hit the road, and we’ll either suck it up and do our own house cleaning or find someone else who is either a little cheaper or does better work for the same amount of money. What do you think, am I being unreasonable?