Hello people! Well, Nana and Pop have gone home and should actually be there shortly. We had all kinds of fun during the short amount of time they were here.
We also did some sleuthing!
Now I bet you are all wondering what happened with Henrietta’s aide/thief that we suspect swiped the $100 out of my purse. Well, we set up the camera that Lisa had loaned me that is motion activated. Got it all set up on top of the fridge and John and Pop left and then Mither announced, (loudly), that we needed to run over to Lisa’s house to see what was going on with her. So I told the aide and H that we’d be back later and we left.
John got home first and found the camera lying on it’s back on top of the extremely tall refrigerator. It was lying in a manner that it was incapable of “falling” into. It was incapable of falling in the first place. He took the card out and he and Keelan were looking at the pictures when we got home. There are a lot of them simply because it snapped one every time the light went on or off or anyone left or came in, but here are a few showing what happened and in the order it happened.
Here is John leaving. My purse is on the counter on the right. You can see the top of the faucet in the sink in the wet bar. My purse is the blob to the left of it. Right beneath the “10”.
Here is Mither leaving and I am right behind her. I guess the light was on in the kitchen since the wall is now green, (as it really is), and it looks turquoise in the first one…
And here is the last one it took. You can see the fingers and the double exposure from the movement. It happened 8 minutes after we left. Undoubtedly she saw the camera on top of the fridge and turned it over. I hadn’t left any cash or credit cards in my purse but she didn’t know that until she looked. Henrietta said that she stood “behind the counter” to watch the soap opera with her and she didn’t know why she didn’t sit down like she usually did. She said she kept going and looking out the window and then going back to stand at the counter. The widow is to the left outside the frame of the picture.
Henrietta doesn’t know that we suspect the aide of anything. She doesn’t know about the missing money, or the camera or any of it. She has such a negative view of the world and all it’s inhabitants anyway, we all just think it’s better that she not feel like she was duped. The sad part is that she really likes this aide a lot. They spoke Spanish to each other and H was thrilled with this as her Spanish was really rusty and getting to be more and more of a second language all the time. She did an excellent job with her and they really got along well.
I will just tell her that the company had to send her to another area or something and she has to have a new aide. Oh, I don’t know.. I’ll have to think it through. I have to have a better story than that, I guess…
John asked H where the aide was and where all she went while we were gone and then I did too, separately. and she then got the idea that something was wrong and when she asked if something was missing and I lied and said, “No.”, she got a bit defensive for her. She told me that she was a good person and there was no reason to “look into her”. I feel really bad, but I have enough to go on and I called the company and told them not to send her back and that I wasn’t accusing her of anything, (after all I don’t have any hard evidence), but that I didn’t want her back because I couldn’t risk trusting her. I asked to talk to the owner but she was out of town for a “few days” so I told the lady what had happened and she was nice, but I can tell there was no way they could afford to lose any employees so I feel sure they won’t fire her even if they have reports of this kind of thing happening before.
I hope to talk to the owner when she gets back in town.
Comment by Anglophile Football Fanatic on January 14, 2009 at 8:41 pm
That just SUCKS. I hope you get someone trustworthy.
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Comment by Ree on January 14, 2009 at 9:16 pm
Damn. But yeah. But Damn. Y’know?
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Comment by Tranny Head on January 14, 2009 at 10:55 pm
That REALLY really sucks. But you get major props for your clever camera work.
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Comment by Serendipitous Girl on January 15, 2009 at 9:10 am
I am SO sorry. Ahhhh! That makes me SO MAD. I can only imagine how you feel!
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Comment by Predo on January 15, 2009 at 12:03 pm
I think a gravel enema ought to straighten her out! Don’t you think?
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Comment by Mr. Corvette on January 15, 2009 at 1:03 pm
You should contact the police and file a report, even if they say there is nothing they can do to charge her. These people continue to get away with things because when someone finally does file a report, they say, “Well, gee, nothing has ever happened before. This is the first problem we have heard of.” You need to type up a chronology of all that happened and see if the police will attach it to their report. You owe it to the people that this “care-giver” will “take care of” in the future. Also send your written chronology to the home-care company. Don’t accuse anyone of anything, just tell what happened and who was there at the time.
Comment by Kori on January 15, 2009 at 4:12 pm
I agree with the above commenter; she shouldn’t be allowed to be transferred, really, because it is not only illegal but also indicative of an attitude I would not want someone to have were they caring for a loved one. Also, it sounds to me as if H. actually suspects something anyway, simply because of the wya she defended her and, of course, asked specifially if something was missing.
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Comment by big hair envy on January 16, 2009 at 9:28 am
Corvette & Kori are right, there needs to be some type of “official” complaint made. Not necessarily an accusation, but a full account of the goings-on. When you talk to the owner, you may be able to get a feel for whether or not this has happened before. Of course, she won’t TELL you that, but you will get a vibe.
Good luck with the new caregiver…..I hope she can speak Spanish with H – it sounds like H really enjoyed it.
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Comment by Roger on January 17, 2009 at 11:57 am
That really sucks that you trust this person with H and this is what they do. Makes you wonder how they are treating H.
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Comment by mike on January 21, 2009 at 8:52 am
Man oh man, real life drama! Sucky that there’s a $100 price tag on it. At least when you go out for dinner and a movie, you have something to reminisce about that helps you enjoy it a little longer. Money thievery is one touchy subject, too. I heard a story of a family who suspected the babysitter’s friend of lifting $500 from the family kitty fund, and got to the phone-call stage before realizing the father had pocketed it himself while (likely) preempting the crime.
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