She was there every morning to greet Daniel as he left for work. It had become a ritual at this point, and he had no idea how much it really meant to the maid.
But lately, Daniel had started getting quite suspicious, and he couldn’t ignore the warning signs any longer. He decided to set up cameras, but he never expected the outcome. He watched in horror as she used his house for her own personal affairs.
32-year-old Daniel Evanson was an ambitious businessman. He was a workaholic who spent endless hours in his office refining business ideas for his company.
He started a coaching company by himself when he was just 25 years old. Now, it was a growing business supporting over 100 employees.
Needless to say, he was a busy man. But while his professional life was booming, his personal life took the hit.
Daniel’s life was spent in the office. He hadn’t quite mastered the whole work-life balance thing. He was a bachelor and struggled to keep on top of his housework so he decided to hire help – or so he thought!
He watched the screen with his jaw unhinged. Daniel couldn’t believe what she was doing. His heart raced as anger washed over him.
When Daniel hired Sarah as his housekeeper, he had no idea that she was hiding ulterior motives. She was young, pretty, and seemed harmless but that wasn’t the case. (http://rxreviewz.com/)
Initially, her work was flawless and he loved coming home to a clean house. She also left flowers in the house for him. It was a professional touch that he quickly got used to and loved seeing.
Little did he know, the flowers were far more than a professional touch. And they served as a sure warning sign of what was to come.
Daniel was greeted every morning by Sarah who would arrive at his house just before he set out for work every morning. She’d clean while he was away and was supposed to be gone by lunchtime.
Weeks passed with no problems. But soon, Daniel began to notice something strange.
It seemed like the more time passed, the less clean the house had become. Often, it looked like the floor wasn’t even vacuumed.
But what really began to bother Daniel was the strange smell that began to linger. He also noticed that his electricity bill had increased dramatically since she started working for him. He got an idea.
Daniel decided the best way to understand what she was up to was to install hidden cameras around his house. After all, he was paying her very generously for her work and expected it to get done.
But Daniel wasn’t at all prepared for what his camera would capture.
Everything Seemed Normal
Daniel greeted Sarah in the morning as usual and went off to work. Once he got to his office he logged into his security camera system. So far, everything seemed to be normal.
He put away his phone and tended to his duties. When the workday was done he logged into the security cameras again and was shocked to see her only beginning to leave the house now.
She should have finished hours ago. He sat up from his chair, went back to the start of the day, and hit play. He fast forward, watching as Sarah made her way around the house, picking up things and cleaning the countertops.
Suddenly, she began to act completely abnormal. Daniel’s heart dropped as he took in the bizarre sight. It was completely outrageous!
Daniel was fuming as he drove home. He couldn’t believe he let someone like that into his house for that long. As soon as he got home, he emailed her.
He sent her the video along with two simple words; ‘You’re fired.’ He decided not to pursue legal action but anybody else might have. What did he see?
Daniel caught his housekeeper taking off her clothes and throwing them into the washing machine. She walked around the house in her underwear and made her way to his bedroom.
Daniel watched in shock as she began to try on his clothes, dancing around his room. Then she sat on his bed and sprayed his cologne on herself. But that wasn’t all.
After she washed her clothes, she put his clothes in the washer. Daniel watched as she snuck one of his t-shirts into his bag.
Suddenly, he remembered that he thought he had misplaced two other items. There was no doubt in his mind that she took them. Daniel fired her but he was still worried about one thing.
It became clear that this woman had an obsession with him. He wondered if she’d be back or end up stalking him. He kept his security cameras installed and added more outside.
After a few weeks of radio silence, he concluded that she understood not to push her limit. She was lucky he didn’t press legal charges to begin with. But not everybody agreed with his decision.
Daniel shared his story online. He shared parts of the footage and warned people to vet their housekeepers properly. People were in disbelief at the recording and urged him to press charges.
“If you don’t pursue legal action, she could do this to someone else”, one user commented. But what do you think?
Daniel decided that before he did anything, he would need some legal advice. Who knew how things would end if he weren’t prepared for all outcomes? Daniel’s brother had a number he could call in situations like this.
He got the number of the lawyer and called them, seeking counsel. But he had no idea that this was just the beginning.
Figuring Out His Options
Daniel arranged a meeting with the lawyer to discuss everything that was on his mind. After disclosing all of the relevant information, the lawyer had a concerned look on his face.
“This could be a problem if we don’t deal with it correctly.” The lawyer informed him. The two men discussed what he could do going forward, but he wouldn’t be prepared.
By the end of the meeting, Daniel knew that he’d have to set up a few precautions. After all, the woman did know the layout of his house and where all of his most prized possessions were kept.
He didn’t go directly home from the lawyer’s office. He had to make an important stop along the way.
A Stop Along The Way
Daniel decides to stop at a security store to beef up his security at home. He would make sure that if his ex-employee ever got any funny ideas, he would put a stop to them then and there.
He accessorized with things like cameras, security locks, a deadbolt, and even a panic button. Now he just had to get them all installed. But he had no idea how useless these things would end up being.
After getting home, Daniel would have to install the outdoor cameras, the locks, and everything else before he could sleep that night. It would take him a few hours, but he had to do it. It was for the sake of his safety.
He would make sure that no one ever took advantage of him ever again. The lawyer’s advice rang through his head the whole while.
After finishing up everything, Daniel felt an itch at the back of his head. Something wasn’t quite right. He wasn’t satisfied with the security. The next day it would be so back that he would do what people would start to think was extreme.
Nosy neighbors would watch the mental decline of their fellow neighbors as he went to more extreme methods to feel safe. But it would all be for nothing.
Upgrading The Alarm System
Over the next week, Daniel installed all sorts of new things that seemed very unnecessary to those around him. But in his mind, he needed them to sleep at night. He installed a panic button in every room in his house and an alarm system on his property.
His dark fixation on safety had been pushed to its limits. People in the neighborhood started to question his sanity. But in his mind, everything was necessary.
Talk Of The Neighborhood
Soon Daniel was the talk of the neighborhood. Everyone around him didn’t seem to be on his side. Had they never had anyone take anything from him? He couldn’t believe that the word “paranoid” was being thrown around.
He couldn’t wait for them to see how necessary it was. They would all ask for forgiveness when he showed them that he wasn’t being paranoid when the very woman that had stolen from him came back.
Finally Feeling Safe
After spending a fortune on his security measures, Daniel finally felt somewhat safe. He decided to try and move on with his life now. He wanted to forget about the incident, and now that could never happen again, he would feel reassured.
He could sit down and relax after work by watching television without the worry that anyone could be plotting to take advantage of him. But the last person he expected would have the audacity to come back.
Checking The Monitors
Now over a month had passed since the incident. Daniel was drained from his work that week but was now enjoying his Saturday off. But that’s when his camera picked something up. He got up and walked to the monitors.
He had seen movement out of the corner of his eye. But was he just being as paranoid as his neighbors said?
Daniel didn’t see anything out of the ordinary. His backyard and front lawn all looked devoid of any life other than maybe the insects in the grass. But went back to sit down and enjoy the football on his television.
As he enjoyed his show, he had no idea that his eyes weren’t playing tricks on him. There was definitely something there.
Hearing A Noise
Daniel had sat back down for five minutes before he heard a noise outside of his front door. He jumped up and checked his alarm system. It was on, so nothing should have been able to get too close to his house without alerting him.
He tried to reassure himself that it was nothing but even he knew that was wishful thinking. Something was definitely close by.
Daniel approached his front door and looked out of the peephole. But what he saw made his blood run cold. He had been preparing for this moment, but it still didn’t terrify him any less.
He was speechless. Sarah was standing on the other side of the door, waiting for him to open it. He was terrified.
“Hello, Daniel? I’d like to offer an explanation as to why I’m here. Please open the door.” Sarah calmly said. The man stood frozen on the other side. What if this was some kind of trick, and there were other guys ready to jump him?
But then he heard the voices of his neighbors’ calling him paranoid. Against his better judgment, he opened the door. But what Sarah did next changed everything.
Now face-to-face, Sarah explained everything. She was ashamed that she was caught stealing from Daniel and offered an apology. She was desperate for money and had to support her child in some way.
But more than that, she offered to pay reparations. She handed Daniel the value of the items she had taken and told him that she’d be on her way. Daniel couldn’t believe what had just happened. He decided that he had become too paranoid and stripped most of the security measures from his house.
In order to protect the privacy of those depicted, some names, locations, and identifying characteristics have been changed and are products of the author’s imagination. Any resemblances to actual events or places or persons, living or dead, are entirely coincidental.