Saturday, October 24, 2009

Stuck on stupid

Unless you know, absolutely unequivocally know that your domestic servants can be trusted I say do not use them. The level of trust I'm talking about involves asking one question: Would you leave your small children alone with them? If the answer is no, don't do it. How many times have we posted about this type of crime and how many studies need to be done for people to wake up? Most residential attacks are done with insider information, wilfully assisted or by coercion. Cut the grass yourself or get a verifiable gardening service. Clean your own house and iron your own clothes. Living outside South Africa, it is amazing how unneeded these people are. You clean when you can, you lower your standards a touch but the house is still clean. You make do. I use a gardening service and a domestic cleaning company whose workers have been police cleared. Do the same in South Africa. This woman was very lucky.

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Johannesburg -
Four men robbed a house in Sandton, allegedly with the assistance of two domestic workers, Johannesburg police said on Friday.

Inspector Lee Ramdiyal said the incident happened on Thursday morning in Bryanston.

"The men gained access to the complex by pretending to be 'service providers'."

They then accosted the home owner, tied her up and ransacked the house of jewellery, cash, firearms and laptop.

The robbers fled in a white car.

After a police investigation it was suspected that the domestic workers could be involved in the robbery.

The domestic workers, aged 27 and 29, were traced and arrested.

"The domestic workers were in possession of some of the jewellery and cash that was taken during the robbery."

A man, aged 59, was arrested for the robbery as well.

He was found in possession of a firearm and a large amount of cash.

Those arrested are being detained at the Sandton police station on charges of armed robbery. - SAPA

5 Opinion(s):

Anonymous said...

He had TWO!! Double the idiot!

Vanilla Ice said...

It is a concern that many emigrants have. Truth is, domestics are not needed. The laundry equipment is far superior. I iron my dress shirts because I like a crease, but otherwise there is very little need.

You do lower your standards slightly, but you find other ways. I live in a penthouse, for example, where we have all our gardening, snow shovelling, windows etc, cleaned for us. So you adapt.

Ultimately, you will look back and wonder why you were so reliant on house help. Besides, now nothing breaks or gets stolen.

Viking said...

A lot of people I know consider having a maid an act of charity. My housemates insisted on one, else I'd have done without.

Anonymous said...

Anyone who employs people from outside his/her own Nation deserves to live to regret it!

Vanilla Ice said...

@Anon 9:15. I am not sure you meant to say that.