One family is having a much harder time than they expected trying to get the woman they hired as a live-in nanny to be a live-out non-nanny.
The story begins back in March, when Ralph and Marcella Bracamonte of Upland, California posted an ad on Craigslist looking for someone to clean and look after their two children in exchange for room and board. They wound up hiring 64-year-old Diane Stretton and though Marcella says “she was really great” for the first few weeks, she ultimately stopped working and wouldn’t leave her room in their house except to get food.
Fast forward to today and Stretton, though (obviously) fired, is still living in the house and the family has placed a bike lock around the refrigerator handles to keep Stretton away from the food.
The couple first tried to get Stretton to leave by giving her a “last chance letter,” which she refused to sign. She told the Bracamontes she would be leaving the house within 30 days of that letter but when asked to put it in writing in a second letter, Stretton again refused to sign it on the grounds that it’s “not legal.”
That’s when the police (kind of) got involved, but officers simply said it was a civil matter and that the couple would need to go through a formal eviction process. What’s more, Stretton is also reportedly threatening to sue them for breach of contract and wrongful termination, and even claims she was "falsely imprisoned" in her room.
This certainly isn’t the first time Stretton has been involved in a court dispute. ABC News noted Thursday that her name is listed on dozens of civil lawsuits filed across southern California. As a result, she’s earned a spot on the state’s Vexatious Litigant List for suits about various incidents involving things like rental cars, traffic accidents, and estates, among others.
“I think that she actually spends her day trying to ruin people’s lives...misery loves company,” Marcella Bracamonte said.
Stretton was served with a three-day quit notice but a judge ruled in her favor because the paperwork was filled out incorrectly. The Bracamontes, meanwhile, told a local CBS affiliate they will start the eviction process, though it could take some time to complete.