A live-in nanny who was terminated by the family she was employed by is refusing to work, refusing to leave, and threatening to sue, according to a California family.
Ralph and Marcella Bracamonte, of Upland, California, say they hired Diane Stretton, 64, in March as a live-in nanny to help out with the couple's three children and help around the house in exchange for room and board. "We've done it before and have never had a problem," Marcella Bracamonte told ABC News. "I was a stay-at-home mom and thought it would be good to have someone around to help out."
The Bracamontes were pleased with her at first. "The first few weeks she was awesome," Bracamonte said. "She would come places with us, help out the kids. She was really great."
But then she stopped working, stayed in her room all day, and only would come out when food was ready, Bracamonte said.
The couple's attempts to encourage Stretton to fulfill her end of the agreement failed. Stretton told the couple she had chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, which prevented her from helping around the house. The couple approached her with a "last chance letter," stating the conditions of her job and the consequences if she failed to perform her responsibilities, but Bracamonte refused to sign the letter and refused to sign a second letter putting her 30 day notice in writing.
According to Bracamonte, she called police who declined to do anything, calling it a civil matter. Lt. John Moore of the Upland Police Department confirmed to ABC News that there was no immediate action that could be taken against Stretton. "Generally, once somebody has established residency, you have to go through a formal eviction process," he said.
Now, Bracamonte says not only is Stretton eating the family's food and living in the family's home, she is also threatening to sue for wrongful firing and elder abuse and demanding the family stay out of the house from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. "I'm in charge, this is my house. She's not going to scare me out of my own house," Bracomonte told ABC News.
This is not the first time Stretton has been involved in a legal dispute. She's reportedly been involved in 36 lawsuits, landing herself on California's "Vexatious Litigant List" for abusing the legal system.