Thursday, October 25, 2007

Just One More....

OK, I promise this is the last one, but I got another doozy of a one yesterday!

I have been talking to this lady for 1 ½ weeks and for a couple days I never heard anything from her, so I thought she was rudely telling me she was no longer interested. Then I get the following e-mail from her:

“I was wondering if you could be so kind as to tell me why you did not want to pursue talking to me about child care? I feel I took the extra time to correspond with you and deserve a bit of respect to be told the reason why you were no longer interested.

So I e-mailed her right back (because she had not given me her phone number) a bunch of times hoping she would get one of them (because obviously she wasn’t getting my responses back to her). She then comes back and says she got all of my e-mails. And she gives me her phone number.

I call her, multiple times, and leave messages. I call her in the morning, afternoon, and evening. She calls me back at work one day and I miss it. She leaves a voicemail asking me to call her after 5:30 since she was getting into her busy time with parents picking kids up. So I called at 5:40, and then again at 8:00, and then again at 9:00. No freaking answer.

She finally e-mails me back on Tuesday and sets up and appointment for Thursday night (because she has something Tuesday and Wednesday nights). I e-mail her back on Tuesday evening (and try to call her) telling her that we 1.) can’t do that night because my daughter has gymnastics and hubby plays basketball and 2.) we don’t want to wait that long. I also tell her that I’m concerned about how hard it is to get in touch with her, and how would I be able to call her and talk to her if she was actually watching my kids?

I get the following response back:

“No, I cannot set up something for tonight. I make plans in the evenings also after hours.
I do get back in touch with the parents whose children I provide care for during the day if they have a concern but I do not make it a priority to take other calls- sorry, no offense. My parents know I don't like to talk on the phone and they trust me to know I will call if their is a problem.
If you are still interested in meeting let me know.”

I was so fed and up and mad that I sent the following e-mail right back to her:

Dragging someone out this long is utterly rude and inconsiderate. I don’t understand why you applied to my ad (1 ½ weeks ago mind you) if you weren’t going to take this seriously. I have a very hectic, crazy life, but I never, ever let more than one day go by without returning a phone call or an e-mail (heck, I e-mail right back most of the time), it’s just plain rude. Offense was certainly taken by me not being a “priority,” you inquired about a job and that’s serious. Thank you for letting me see that you are too busy and obviously have too many kids that you are caring for to even get back to me. To act like you don’t have time in your day to make a phone call is just that, an act. I honestly just don’t understand…if you weren’t that interested, why on earth didn’t you just say so? My ad clearly said that we needed to find someone as soon as possible and 1 ½ weeks later is not as soon as possible…our temporary sitter ends this week!

Thankfully I have found a wonderful person…I was holding out because your one message to me sounded so nice, so I thought I would give it one final chance for us to meet, but obviously the job is not that important to you. Besides, I need to have a sitter than I can call during the day and know that if I don’t talk to her when I call, I will get a response back within a reasonable period of time!”

Seriously, where do these people come from????

We did meet with a fantastic person last night and I will tell you all about her tomorrow!


Shari said...

You've really been dealing with the most interesting people... Geez!!!

Shari said...

You've really been dealing with the most interesting people... Geez!!!

Rachel said...

I am so so so glad that I have the wonderful sitter that I have for Alyssa!

Sherry said...

They seem to be crawling out of the wookwork don't they? I mean you have met some real "winners" in your search for a sitter, yikes. Scarey to think they feel qualified to watch children in the first place.
Your email back to her was very polite and to the point, much much better than what I would have written, trust me on that one.
so glad you found someone and look forward to hearing all about her.

Daddy Dan said...

I'm glad you found a babysitter! (or did you just tell the wacky babysitter you did?)

Julie said...

While totally frustrating to you I'm sure, your quest for a sitter has uncovered some really "interesting" people. I think your response to her was right on. If a job is not a priority what is?

Jennifer (Jen on the Edge) said...

Wowza. There are some real oddballs out there. I can't wait to hear about the person you think might just work out.

Anonymous said...

I learned when searching for care for Morgan that craigslist brings out the freaks!! I not only got to exchange e-mails with several of them, I got to meet several of them.

SO glad you found someone...can't wait to hear about it :)

lisa's chaos said...

Watching you going through all this has made me REALLY glad all my kids are past the ages of needing a sitter. Wow! Fingers crossed things go well with the new one.

Bethany said...

If I am this frustrated by your search I can't imagine how frustrated you are!

s said...

i don't know you so I hope yo take this the right are a working mom(like I am), your kids are in additional activities and you and your hubby are busy too. I have been there done that for 20 years, you think it is busy now, just wait for jr high and high school with sports, driving, only advice has a tired, dragged out still working mom who last two kids out of 4 are now 16 and 17..sweetheart you got to just let some things go..seriously it is not worth your time or one minute of your energy..that lady wasn't the one for your kids...I just know how it is to be stressed to the point of insanity and trying to find a sitter for your kids is the worst stress...if I could have done anything different it would be to just let some of these types of things go...i really didn't need the added stress I would put myself through..I am saying a prayer that your new sitter works out. Take care

s said...

I want to apologize for all of the typos in my above comment, I am tired, worked way too much this week, one sick kid, one sick husband and a new puppy. What was I thinking? I hate grammar and typo errors, I apologize!

Edie C said...

I don't understand how these people think their behavior is appropriate for someone to trust their children to... good grief!