SINGAPORE: An employer frustrated with her maid’s habits took to social media asking others for advice.
She wrote that her maid had not even been working for a month but said that work had been “quite ok”. She added that the maid had two Sundays off every month, where she would leave the house at 8 am and return late into the evening as she did not impose a curfew on her helper. She also did not require her helper to do housework on her days off.
In the employer’s anonymous post to a support group for domestic helpers and employers alike, the woman wrote: “however this helper is telling me she will cook and carry food in large quantity for her friends around 8-10 pax on her off days”.
She said her maid’s request took her aback as she had never had any other helper do this before. “Im ok for her to carry food for herself but not for group of people. How do i convey this in polite way as dont want to upset her . She usually go silent if i correct her in any of her work which is bit concern for me coz her duty involves infant care”, the employer wrote.
The woman added that she did not micromanage her maid or restrict her food otherwise. She asked netizens for advice on how to speak to her maid about the matter and added that no agent was involved as her helper was a direct hire.
Here’s what netizens who commented on the post said:
A domestic helper who still had to work after 5 pm on her day off took to social media asking others for advice.
In an anonymous post to a support group for domestic helpers and employers alike, the maid wrote that she had been working with her employer for four years and nine months. She added that while she got two Sundays off a month, she was only free between 9 am and 4 pm and had to work after 5 pm.
The maid added that on July 29 this year, she was hospitalised for four months of severe anaemia and continuous bleeding. She was hospitalised on a Saturday and returned to her employers’ home by Monday on light duty. However, she wrote that she constantly had fever and headaches and thus asked her employer to send her back home.