Originally Posted by ozexpat
Excuse my typos above. I can't get enough bandwidth to edit.
It should have read, we shall see how they cope without direct supervision.
There are a few red flags.
There salary is double what we were paying Bernie and Analou. They came with very little so aprt from school uniforms, lines and other clotting, we stocked them with things like shampoo, toothbrushes, soap and a supply of emergency food rations.
The deal is that when we are here we make sure we cook enough for both families. When we Are not here, there salary has to cover food as well.
Bernie did not ever ask for an advance or a loan from us. This is a practice that is common here but we don't like.
We pay bimonthly but five days before the end of the first month they asked for an advance. They should have plenty of money left as we even covered antibiotics they requested.
If they can't survive with extra food, how are they going to budget without it.
Their kids are always eating junk food from the corner store. That stuff adds up.
We have them the farm cell phone with 2 Sim card slots. She migrated her phone onto the second slot. After a few days she could no longer send what's app messages. I had to reset the phone and when I looked at the balance she had burnt through the 110 "free" messages on our sim card.
She was not giving change back when she went to the market.
She left the gas valve on (we turn off the regulator every night as I don't trust the hose) on several occasions.
All little stuff. All addressed. But when listed side by side we either have somebody who needs to learn etiquette, boundaries and systems, or someone we can't trust.
I believe in giving people a chance to learn the above. Especially as we are not the average employer, but I will only give it another month.