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Culture!? I don’t respect her culture!?

I’m SSSOooooooo ticked off right now. 

My housekeeper was due back from leave today.  Since she left her set of keys here, I had to wait for her before I could leave for work.  She didn’t pitch.

I sms’ed.  No reply.  I phoned.  Her phone is off.  I phoned many times during the day.  Phone off.

I phoned tonight at 6:30 pm and her boy friend answers.  Apparently she’ll be back at 7:30 pm.  I asked him if he knows why she didn’t come to work today and he said, she didn’t say.

So I phone her at 7:30 pm.  Apparently, I didn’t give her an exact date when to be back at work.  This after we agreed she’d be back after New Year.

Apparently she is having some or other traditional culture thing because she’s pregnant.  I have never heard about this one before.

I told her that she has to be back tomorrow, with a sick note for today or she’ll be fired (she already has a warning for not coming to work)

She said that she can only come home on Monday and I’m not respecting her culture.    That I should get someone else to work this week, she’ll be back Monday.

When I told her again, that if she plans on coming back on Monday, she can just as well not come back at all.  She’ll be fired.

haha…immediately drops the “madam” and calls me by my name.  Thought that was so funny.  Again, she went off on how I don’t respect her culture.  That I must respect her culture.

I told her that she is not respecting mine.  In my culture (Christian) when we make a promise, we keep it.  She’s not keeping hers and thus not respecting my culture.

Again and again, the whole “you don’t respect my culture…..I have the right not to come to work when it comes to my culture …. blah blah blah”

I asked her why she didn’t just phone me ahead of time and ask if it’s okay that she doesn’t come back this week and she had no reply.

Well, FIRED she is. 

I’ll probably get a letter from CCMA but I’m ready for them!

7 responses

  1. Mom

    See this is typical of ” Africa time ” After New Year’s to them can mean in June hahaha

    I agree with you let her go.. there are better help out there and yes you can be sure she will take you to the CCMA

    This is exactly what is wrong in our country. When things don’t go to their plan it’s their culture makes one so sick.

    Thinking of you


    January 3, 2011 at 9:00 pm

  2. A very “convenient” excuse! But sorry, it is not a valid one! I have never heard of this one. You must ask her what the cultural tradition is hat she is talking about? We would all like to know!

    January 3, 2011 at 9:56 pm

    • Apparently it has something to do with the fact that she is pregnant. I have never heard of that before.

      January 3, 2011 at 10:21 pm

  3. In my culture if you have a job, you actually have to pitch. Wee jy dit maak my sommer de hel in as hulle “kultuur” gebruik om hulle sin te kry tsk.

    January 3, 2011 at 11:29 pm

  4. I had a housekeeper once who thought it was okay for her to wear my shoes – and invite her friends over. Like as IF.

    I must admit – hearing these crazy stories like this makes me grateful for my current housekeeper. I give her 4 weeks paid vacation, and she always wants to come back early. 🙂

    January 4, 2011 at 7:39 am

    • Oh my gosh…okay to wear your shoes!!!???

      January 4, 2011 at 9:16 am

  5. Adele

    There is usually an excuse if they don’t want to come back to work … been there already.

    Hope you managed to sort something out.

    January 6, 2011 at 7:26 pm

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