HI, I am a long time lurker, first time poster and need some advice and to vent. We have a housecleaner that comes 1x/week to do the floors and bathrooms, but keep the house tidy ourselves during the week. Last week she didn't come because she was sick with the flu, and didn't want to get our 6 week old baby sick. Today, she arrives and is still coughing, sniffling, etc. I was really nervous because hubby gets sick very easily. So I texted him and told him she was here but still visibly sick...Long story short he told me to send her home, and to tell her if she needs they money to take it and not charge us next time she cleans.
Well, she was irate that I asked her to skip this cleaning, and spent ten minutes yelling at me and telling me she is not contagious to the baby. Before I even had a chance to offer her to take the money, she snatched it off our counter, threw our house-keys that she has her own copy of on the table and stormed out slamming the door (she presumably does not want to clean for us anymore). Were we overreacting in asking her to skip this cleaning? Obviously no one wants to deal with a sick 6 week old baby and she always has crazy suggestions for raising the baby such as giving her raw garlic to help with spitting up etc so I am leery of her self-diagnosis regarding the contagious nature of her cold/flu.
A little bit of background. There has been some tension between us ever since a few months ago when I noticed she was eating our food/drinks when she cleaned, and asked her to stop. We had never invited her to eat from our food but she has cleaned for hubby for years. She was very annoyed by my request but stopped eating our food. Then a few weeks after that a cabinet full of reusable insulated cups went missing. She denied taking them and I think they were thrown away by accident but she was very annoyed that we brought it up.
I know hubby wants to try to salvage the relationship and have her continue to clean for us but after today I have just had it with her. She seems too entitled and unprofessional. I am happy to clean the house myself to not have to deal with this aggravation. All she really does is dust/mop/bathrooms which I can do in an hour while the baby naps. Does anyone think we were overreacting asking her to leave today? What would you do in my situation?
Thanks in advance.