A young mum has been devastated after she was ‘scammed’ by a local housekeeper who cheated her out of hundreds of dollars.
Indy Clinton, from Sydney, was ‘overwhelmed’ by the stress of two young children and a busy schedule when she decided to hire a professional housekeeper to help her get her house in order .
The mother-of-two sent a few messages intending to hire someone on a weekly basis, and a housekeeper offered her $55/hour and promised to bring all her own gear.
According to Indy’s calculations, cleaning her house would take two hours – and she was willing to pay $110 for the job.
But the mother was shocked when the housekeeper showed up with three other women and demanded $440 for ‘eight hours of work’ at the end – despite never telling Indy about the extra hands or extra money.
Indy Clinton, from Sydney, was overwhelmed by the stress of two young children and a busy life when she decided to hire a professional housekeeper to help her get her house in order.
There were a few warning signs that Indy missed in the process.
“I got a text the day before the housekeeper was due to arrive, and she said, ‘We’ll be there at 10 a.m.,'” Indy shared in a video.
‘We? She had just said to me, “I make 55 dollars an hour and I bring all the products and the vacuum cleaner”. But when she said “we”… and I thought “We?” What does “we” mean?
The housekeeper messaged Indy another few hours before he arrived saying, “By the way, I’m bringing three of my daughters.”
The mum was stunned when four women showed up on her doorstep to clean the house – but she was still convinced she would only have to pay $55 an hour with the cleaners doing the job at the same time .
Indy quickly realized his mistake.
“So that’s the end of the cleanup, and it’s been two and a half hours. She goes out and does the math in her head.
“She said, ‘Okay, so that’s $55 an hour, there’s four of us. That’s about seven and a half or eight hours at $55 an hour.
Indy was stunned: she couldn’t believe she had to pay $55 per hour per person.
‘I am dead. I almost fainted, I threw up in my throat. But I couldn’t bring myself to say anything.
“I looked at her, smiled and told her I would transfer the money and see her next week.
“But I don’t want to see her next week!” How can she say she makes $55 an hour, brings all her stuff, and slips in there with three other girls with her?
The mother added: “Should she have told me that I am cutting off my limb to have a clean house? Since when did “I” mean four people? Am I the confused one?
Thousands of people were outraged in favor of Indy and made their opinions known.
“I have my own cleaning business, we charge $25 an hour all inclusive. We charge $400 for bail cleaning! » a shared cleaner.
“Honestly, it looks like she knows what she’s doing, she knows she cheated on you and embarrassed you!” another wrote.
One added: “I would have passed out as soon as she told me the total. I won’t see her again next week.
“How do companies do this?! Honestly, if I forget to tell someone the cost, I literally bear that loss instead of going back on the quote,” said another cleaner.