10 Terrible Stories About Housekeeping Thieves

June 27, 2012 at 4:25 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Having a good housekeeper is a wonderful blessing, and she has the ability to make your home life more relaxing, healthier and more enjoyable. That is, if she’s a good housekeeper. Sadly, for every good housekeeper out there, there are a few bad apples as well who are tarnishing the housekeeping name. They’re human after all, so a few do take advantage of their employers from time to time. Unfortunately, it’s those few, and not the ones who are doing good, who seem to get all the headlines. Here are ten such stories, about housekeeping thieves:

  1. This woman made the rounds quite a bit before being apprehended. It seems she had a good eye for the bling, and put together a nice little collection for herself before she was finally caught. What’s worse is that cancer victims were among her targeted employers.
  2. Another jewelry thief/housekeeper, this one was employed by well-known cooking icon Paula Deen. Mary Alice White was found guilty of stealing jewelry from Deen and her husband, Michael Groover, and sentenced to 18 months in prison and 6 years’ probation.
  3. The housekeeper for an elderly Palm Beach, Florida woman was found to have stolen $52,000 from her employer. Patricia Zolnowski, it seems, was filling out her own paychecks, which her employer would leave blank due to her failing eyesight.
  4. Socorro “Coco” del Carmen Membrano, housekeeper for actress Sharon Stone, had been stashing expensive wardrobe items of the star over 6 years. Among the items that filled eight trash bags stashed away were: a Valentino evening gown worth $20,000, a Cartier watch valued at $7,500 and a total of $300,000 worth of valuables.
  5. In a dazzling display of chutzpah, a maid was caught stealing when she asked her boss, an airline pilot, to help her ship the stolen merchandise. After arranging for her boxes to be transported, her employer checked them prior to shipping and discovered the contents were his.
  6. More jewelry theft, this time by the maid of Malaysia’s Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Mohd Nazri Abdul Aziz. Suerwi Riyanto was found guilty of stealing RM35,000 in jewelry and sentenced to 30 months in jail.
  7. In this instance, the housekeeper, who worked at a hotel, made a rather unfortunate attempt to escape. The housekeeping supervisor of an Indian hotel fell to his death from the 6th floor of the hotel to escape being caught stealing guests’ valuables.
  8. What is it with housekeepers and jewelry? We suppose it’s the combination of high dollar value, concealability, and ease of fencing, but it seems to be by far the theft object of choice. Here, it’s a Westport, Connecticut maid pilfering the bling.
  9. Some good detective work by the employer of this housekeeping thief paid off. Patricia Key laid out some bait and set up a camera to stage her own sting operation when she suspected her employee, Gudelia Quiroz, of stealing from her. Nice work, Patricia.
  10. Well, sports fans, it turns out that it’s not always about jewelry after all. In this case, Kimberly Williams swiped thousands of dollars’ worth of baseball memorabilia from Adam Kaplan, a former professional baseball player himself.

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Medicine chest ‘time capsule’ that reveals the exotic potions used by doctors in 1817 goes on sale: “It contains a collection of healing potions and cure-alls unlikely to be prescribed by any GP today. But a perfectly preserved medicine chest dating back to the reign of George III is expected to fetch more than £3,000 when it sells at auction later this week. The mahogany box, described as a ‘medicinal time capsule’, comes complete with 29 exotically named bottled concoctions that would have been used by doctors to treat ailments such as gout, depression and indigestion. The chest, dated 1817, comes complete with an instruction book. However, the likes of Laudanum – described in an accompanying handbook as ‘as one of the most valuable medicines afflicted with mankind’ – are now strictly controlled. This is not that surprising as Laudanum, an alcoholic herb preparation, contains opium. Other remedies popular in 1817, when the chest was made up, such as Turkey rhubarb (a plant thought to have healing properties), and cream of tartar (a byproduct of winemaking that was used as a laxative), have long since been replaced by more modern medicines. The set, found at a house in Derbyshire, also contains scales and mixing bowls”

More British bureaucratic madness: “A railway passenger was left stunned after she needed a staggering 14 tickets just for a simple return train trip. Project manager Rachel Woodward, 28, booked the easy journey from Leeds to Leicester online, only to be bamboozled by a huge pile of paperwork. When she arrived at the station she was shocked and confused when the machine spewed out 14 separate tickets for the £16.50 trip – plus a receipt. The pile included two tickets for herself, four seat reservations, four tickets for her bike as well as four further bike reservations. This stack of tickets was needed to cover Rachel changing trains at Sheffield and for her return journey home. Ms Woodward has said the amount of tickets was ‘confusing’ as she did not know which one to show at the barrier or show the guard on board the train.

Rare car collection: “A rare car collection once owned by Britain’s most famous watchmaker is tipped to sell at auction for £8million. The incredible fleet of seven classics was put together by horologist George Daniels and includes a 1932 Alfa Romeo Spyder Lungo that is estimated to sell for £4million. Mr Daniels, who died last year aged 85, also owned an original ‘blower’ Bentley that had been driven by the legendary racing driver Sir Henry Birkin. It could prove be the most valuable of all the cars in the collection that is due to go under the hammer at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in Sussex on Friday. The other cars of his that are being sold by Bonhams include the 1908 Itala Grand Prix car which is estimated at 2.5 million pounds. There is also a 1974 Jaguar E-Type Series III V12 Roadster and a 1929 Bentley tourer that once belonged to the Maharajah of Bhavnagar. A 1954 Bentley R-Type Continental ‘Fastback’ is included along with a 1907 Daimler Type TP 45 10.6 litre four-seat tourer.

Thousands of Celtic silver coins dug up: “They have unearthed the largest hoard of Celtic coins ever found. Each one of the 30,000–50,000 coins is estimated to be worth around £200 each, putting the value of the haul at up to £10milion. They are thought to be from the first century BC and were found buried 3ft deep under a hedge in a farmer’s field on Jersey. Two thousand years ago the Channel Island – which remains a popular spot to stash large sums of money – was a refuge for tribes fleeing what is now northern France from the invading Roman armies. As the legions of Julius Ceasar drew closer, the treasure is thought to have been buried by a Celtic tribe called the Coriosolitae, in the hope it could be dug up once the danger had passed. And there the coins – packed in clay and weighing a ton – have remained undisturbed until last week. The pair used a powerful metal detector known as a deepseeker to search for more treasure in the field and struck lucky last week.”

The ghost subway station of New York: “It was supposed to be the showpiece of New York City’s new subway system. Stained glass windows, skylights and brass chandeliers adorned its curved walls and arched ceilings. But City Hall station was unexpectedly closed to the public a mere 41 years after opening its doors in 1904. It was once the southern terminus of the Interborough Rapid Transit (IRT), which ran from City Hall all the way north to 145th Street along Broadway. But as longer carriages were created to meet the demands of the growing number of commuters, the station was closed. Its curved tracks were deemed unsafe for the new, longer trains, and, as it was less busy than nearby Brooklyn Bridge station, authorities decided to shut it down. City Hall was designed by Valencian architect Rafael Guastavino who was known for his tile work and is unique among the original IRT stations.”

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