Wednesday, May 15, 2013

PSA - research the people you hire to come into your home!

If we're friends in real life, or even on Facebook, you're probably tired of this story.
If we're not, this is for you! 

The title of the post... "PSA - research the people you hire to come into your home!"

Seems pretty basic, right? Yeah, well, even the best of us mess up from time to time. If I were to hire a plumber, or an electrician, or any other person to come work in my home, you bet that I'd be doing my research before hiring them. Unfortunately, when choosing my Grandma's Mother's Day gift, I didn't. And she got ripped off.

I come from a very small town in West Virginia where everyone knows everyone. My Grandma's vision is deteriorating, so I decided I'd hire a cleaning company to do true Spring cleaning for her this year as her Mother's Day gift. My whole life, she had the same cleaning lady come every week, but Ruby is older than her, and isn't getting around so well herself these days, so I asked around. A few friends recommended a local cleaning service, I checked them out on the web and on Facebook, saw that the owner of the company and I share several friends, and she advertised that she did background checks, so decided to go with it. Just. Like. That. I kick myself every day now for that decision.

You see, the "owner" of said "company" (more on those quotes later) decided to go ahead and hire someone she knew she shouldn't. She told me so in a private message on Facebook once this was all out in the open, and I now share with you - "I knew (the thief) had a past but a few ladies at my Moms church really advocated for her. (The Chief of Police) told me she was not a good bet, but I let her clean for friends and never alone. The schedule was so tight that week that I sent her knowing (my "sister") would keep an eye on her." I'll have negligent hiring for $5000, Alex.  Oh - and good to know that the background checks advertised consist of asking the Chief his opinion... and then not following through with his recommendation.

So yeah, the person that the cleaning "company" sent to clean my Grandmother's house... the one that she was told not to hire, stole my Grandmother's pride and joy right out of her jewelry armoire. We know this to be true because she's already confessed to the police.  Her wedding bands (my grandfather's been gone for 38 years) and my great-grandmother's wedding set were included in what the bitch lifted. Mind you, these rings were deep in a drawer in a dresser full of jewelry, and she decided she wanted them, or at least the paltry sum she got for them (still waiting to hear just how much she got for them - I would have gladly given her $500 if she would have just left the rings alone and not broken my Grandma's heart.) And to top it off, the jewelry store (read: not a pawn shop) she sold them to? Took them apart immediately making it impossible to ever get them, or the stones, back. I got into a nice chat with the owner of the store about that one. Apparently, unlike the rest of the country, WV has no law that stores need to hold onto goods when they buy them - there's nothing in the law that says they need to give rightful owners a chance to claim their stolen goods. Every other store - and pawn shop - in my little home town connects with the police on who brings things in to sell that it JUST DOESN'T SEEM THEY SHOULD HAVE. This store? Nope. The owner actually told me that I had a terrible attitude and that he didn't owe anything to someone who didn't have their valuables locked in a safe deposit box. I don't care if they were hanging from a string with a note that said "take me" - they were NOT that crackhead's to take, and the jeweler, as far as I'm concerned, knew they didn't belong to her, or there would have been no rush in melting them down.

So now, we're waiting. We're waiting for the thief to go to jail, likely for some time as the value of the rings put this at felony status in WV. We're waiting to hear back from the investigators and attorneys on holding the "business owner" accountable for her actions in hiring, and we're waiting for my 85 year old Grandma to recover from a broken heart.  I was waiting for the "owner" to, at a minimum, offer me a refund on the cleaning, but scum is scum, I guess.

What's that saying? "No good deed goes unpunished."

Oh - as for the quotes with "business" and "owner" - turns out not only is she not bonded or insured, she's not even licensed. Also against the law, so we're lobbying to have her punished accordingly.

Be very careful, folks!

Shared at Give Me The Goods


  1. We can scream at the top of out lungs, but I have no doubt there will still be people thinking it won't happen to them that will still hire this shady group until we can shut them down.

  2. $100/day for operating a business w/o a license in WV. How long has this place been open? Sure hope someone comes to collect that debt soon & locks the door for good. Just ridiculous that this happened. Every piece of it! I can't help but think that the one good thing that could possibly come out of this is that the young lady that made such a poor choice that day feels so low and worthless that she breaks the nasty habits, cleans up her life and dedicates herself to helping others. I don't hold much hope for the others involved.

    So sorry that three of the most awesome women I know had to be so undeservingly violated and are now without such precious family heirlooms all because of mean, selfish, ugly people that suck! -sw

    1. Unfortunately, I've learned that people like that don't change. They lack a necessary skill to ever change - compassion. I'm a very compassionate person, and sadly, very trusting. However, this girl? I hope she lives a long and miserable life. You just don't steal things from people, especially things that are so commonly so important to them, emotionally.

  3. Yes - we have to be very careful! So sorry you have to deal with this! Thanks for linking up at Give Me the Goods Monday! Jenna @ Rain on a Tin Roof

  4. I'm in shock! I can't believe the way the jewelry store owner acted. He sounds a little shady himself. I feel for you and especially your grandmother. What kind of person can do something like that? A druggie, I guess. After a member of the contractor's crew stole my rings, I found out that the contractor (relative of a good friend and came with glowing recommendations) had a stroke a couple of years ago and let his license lapse. Not bonded. Not insured. Not licensed. Like you, I'll research the heck out of someone before letting them inside my home. Live and learn, I guess.

    1. The "good" news, if there is any, is that the woman who stole them did spend a year in jail!


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