Irritated by the muchacha

So I am sitting and waiting. And waiting. And waiting for the pinche muchacha to come clean the house. This woman never, ever comes when she says she is going to or when we ask her to. It's actually supposed to be her daughter coming, but she never shows up either. The mom is a pretty lousy housekeeper which is why we changed to her daughter who at LEAST knows where the dishes go. With the mom I find dishes in the oven, in piles on the counter, in the cupboard that is designated "Max safe" meaning it is all plastic, she'll put the glass glasses and the china plates no matter how many times I ask her not to. Last week I found one of Hubby's t-shirts folded neatly on top of my clean clothes, but soaking wet and smelling of Fabuloso. She also used a pair of Max's underwear to clean the kitchen and left them on the floor. All the while she is hinting about her aguinaldo, telling us how the neighbour woman gave her 2000 pesos. Um, you show up once in a while, never when you are supposed to and you do a shitty job and I am going to give you 2000 pesos? I don't think so.

She phoned the house at 6:30 am this morning to say she was on her way. Number one, she is supposed to come tomorrow. Number two, phones ringing at 6:30 am cause heart attacks and wake sleeping two year olds. Number three, it's now more than TWO HOURS later and Max and I are dressed, packed and ready to go to Isla Mujeres and she is not here. Max is getting CRANKY and so is Mama, where the hell are you woman? We keep saying we are going to fire her, but at the very least, she doesn't steal, the thought of bringing someone new into the house is more frightening than dealing with an incompetent.

Comments

cul-ture-queen said…
I would be pissed too! What's up with her, maybe she wants you to fire her. You should have a good talk with her! And add some neck rolls and major attitude. You know?
Mexico Way said…
Yeah thats why I can't handle having a muchacha. I've had about 3 or 4 different ones and they cause me more stress than good so I figure why pay someone else to cause me stress? I'd rather pay myself and clean how and when I want and have stuff back where it should be.

My favorite was the half eaten candy left on top of my ice cube tray. It was melted on and goey and gross. Plus, I never said she could just help herself to my food cabinets.

Ugh. Sorry chica! Consider it "normal"? LOL.
Theresa said…
We went thru several muchachas and potential muchachas until we found the lovely Loly. She is great, oh, she does some weird (to us) stuff sometimes but overall she is wonderful. I would rather not have anyone than have someone bad, it isn't worth it. You say at least she doesn't steal, but she IS strealing, by not doing what you pay her for and ruining stuff. And to pay her 2000 pesos!! insane. Does anyone you know have a good housekeeper? Does she have any free days? I would ask around and do it myself rather than have the awful one. Also, don't give her notice, just tell her, because otherwise she'll do something bad, you know she will. good luck!
Theresa
lisaloveloca said…
Well, I don't have a muchacha- I'm weird and can't quite get over the whole idea of someone being in my house and whatnot.
Anywho, there is a muchacha (Señora- whateva) that has been recommended to me, she is apparently, like, über honesta, and appears to be timely (for the most part) and actually puts stuff where it goes (yes, truly shocking). Drop me a line if'n ya wants her digits!
Heather said…
For the last three years I have had a wonderful woman come to our house 1 time per week to help me keep up with the house. Working 6 days a week does cut into the housework time, and it's so cheap I could justify it.

Well, our maid is a terrible maid, but she is honest, comes when she says she will come, and our dogs absolutely love her (our dogs would eat anyone else). She has real job security because of the dogs.
Anonymous said…
We gave up on them a long while back, Jannet has fired about 7. Last one for wiping out the toilet bowl and then using the same cloth to wipe the kitchen surfaces!
Fned said…
Hubby is sooooo against the idea of a muchacha that he doesn't mind doing most of the housework himself (I get the kitchen and sometimes the laundry.... everything else (bathroom, floors, dusting, windows, etc) is him)...

My parents are also opposed to the idea of someone else coming to your place to clean up your crap... so we never had one growing up... but we also never had a constant clean place either...

I agree that I don't exactly want a maid and I don't like the idea of someone doing my dishes or washing my clothes since that is stuff I dirty myself so I agree with the idea that I should clean it myself.

But I do hate cleaning up stuff that I know will be dirty the next week regardless of how clean and careful we are.... like dust, or the floors or windows....


Anyway, sorry about your muchacha, why you just get her to do the regular boring stuff like mop and dust and ironing but don't have her do anything that requires a bit more in skills... and in the meantime ask around till you find a new person....

Fned.
CancunCanuck said…
Thanks all!

I didn't like the idea of having someone in my house either, but when Max came along, I could not handle cleaning a three story, three bedroom, two bath house on my own. Heck, I could barely bathe myself at the time! She only comes once a week to do the "big stuff", I do sweep and mop everyday but she moves the couches and furniture, beats the cushions, cleans out the gunk that I won't touch etc.. For all the cleaning I do everyday, it's not the same as someone coming in while we are all out and really digging in to the dirt.

That said, it is time for a new one! When I got home yesterday I discovered she had again used our clothes to clean, she had put up a soaking wet roll of toilet paper in my bathroom (again, she did that last week too) and I am pretty sure she used my toothbrush to clean something as it was in a completely different spot than I left it. I was convinced enough that I opened a new one. I'm starting to think it's personal, that she is screwing us over for something! Anywho, we are telling her to please not come back, thanks very much but no. We're going to call her daughter who does a much better job and ask her to please, please come every week.
JJ said…
Poor Canuck! What I love about a muchacha (and here, a cleaning lady) is the coming home to a fabulously clean home. I referred mine to Mexico Way, because I really liked her. Sure I found food she lifted and then forgot about in odd places, and when I moved out I found a big plastic bag full of canned goods in a cupboard I never used(it was quite a haul, I bet she was pretty pissed she forgot it), but she was cheap and she cleaned my shower curtain from top to bottom every time. I think MW got rid of her because she ended up with some sort of attachment to her and started phoning her all the time... I wish you great luck with the daughter, but I hope the mom doesn't give the daughter ideas on how to eek her revenge!

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