A nanny in the San Bernardino County town of Upland, in southern California, refused to leave the home from which she was fired and hid under the windshield cover in her car until 3 a.m. when she finally left the property. The nanny, Diane Stretton, 64, was terminated for failing to do her job, refusing to come out of her room except to eat, and claiming that she had health problems, according to ABC News on Sunday.
When Ralph and Marcella Bracamonte fired Stretton, she threatened to sue the couple for elder abuse and wrongful termination. The Upland Police Department was unable to do much about the matter because of laws protecting people once they have established residency in a home. Under those laws, an unwelcome guest, or squatter, has to be served with a 30 day notice before being evicted from the premises. Only under certain conditions can a 30 day eviction process be expedited, i.e, drug abuse, operating a meth lab, making counterfeit money, or other illegal activities. Since nothing Stretton was doing was illegal, her eviction could not be expedited. Lt. John Moore of the Upland Police Department put it this way:
"Generally, once somebody has established residency, you have to go through a formal eviction process."
Stretton, it was later learned, has a long, established history suing people. She has been before the courts a total of six times, and was the plaintiff in four of those cases. In one of those cases she was the defendant and in the other she was the petitioner. Stretton's litigious appetite has not gone unnoticed by the courts either. She has been listed on the California court system's Vexatious Litigant List, which is a list of plaintiff's who file frivolous or frequent lawsuits.
Stretton once sued her own son last year claiming property damage and personal injury. Court documents show that when her father, John Richardson, died in 2000, that he deliberately left her out of the will. The court documents stated that Richardson:
"....specifically and expressly omitted Stretton."
For the time being, Stretton has vanished from the Bracamonte home, having left last Tuesday. It is unknown whether or not Stretton will be returning to the home to get her things. In the meantime, however, her story has gone viral.