Mary Hatch Bailey wrote:
Why? Because you say so? If you pay your maid a decent wage and she understands this is her responsibility, what do you care?
Maybe a side talk, but .. Well, to back you up .. during one of my volunteer work, I crossed path with an employer who said they treat the maid with equal rights, and gets to go out when she is free and when she has no work to do, and the employer does her own shopping and so and so ... and went on to emphasis the fact that the maids are human being (oh - I gotta agree on that 100% - no way otherwise .. ) and it is time the maid found herself a boyfriend etc etc ... and all the while the maid was listening .. and casually in the few words of Tagalog I know, I asked the maid if she is married back home and she said yes, and then I turned back to the employer that it is time the employer started to get back to reality - and that her encouraging the maid to get a boyfriend etc. is not the right thing to do .. Oh gosh, the employer was shocked and said I am being unfair .. and conveniently refused to answer my question of what her pleasure is in breaking up the maid's family - instead harping on the fact that maid needs some 'love'
Well, I got the answer - these are the employers who get a maid, when they don't need a maid, then then wonder why the maid gets bored at home and then they go about micro managing the maids life ..
If you don't have work for a maid, dont' get one ..
If you think the maid is working - well, let me enlighten you - me too have to work to earn my moolah .. I don't get it free
Talk of reality .. Get real people ..
PS: I do treat maids as equal, and have done more than my share of counselling / and volunteering for such organisations .. and no- I am not a slave driver or preach so .. but I believe if you get paid to work - WORK - or find another job ..