When someone lets you inside their home, you’re bound to notice some things.
And if you spend A LOT of time inside the homes of others, you’re really gonna see some things that they probably would prefer you don’t know about.
Housekeepers, nannies, and dog walkers shared stories on AskReddit about secrets they’ve learned working for other people.
Let’s see what they know…
1. On the right path.
“Dog walker, here.
I was dog sitting for an older work friend once and saw her “days sober” calendar.
I was simultaneously sad, because I had no idea she was struggling, and happy for her because she had almost a full month marked off.”
“House I used to work at had a secret passage from the master bed to the attic, also a secret passage from a cabinet in the great room leading to the exterior of the garage.”
“That she got a DUI.
Typical religious white collar family; husband, wife, and 4 teen kids. She had one of those at home breathalyzer tests from the court sitting in the master bathroom, it takes your picture as you blow into it and it sends it to your probation officer.
I only know because I was on probation a few years ago and had one too. Curiosity got the best of me and I looked at her public record…yup. DUI and she messed up on probation too, had another court date. After that I started noticing 12 step books and such.”
4. Kind of scary.
“Buddy of mine used to clean houses with his mom.
He told me about this one massive mansion they would clean and how there were no mirrors in the entire house.
There also weren’t a lot of windows and if there were, they had thick drapes. He met the family only once and told me they were very pale and quiet people.
He worked for f**king vampires.”
5. Going to rehab.
“I overheard the father calling his insurance company asking if a certain rehab was covered.
I heard what he was going for and everything.
Not family or friends. They never knew I knew.”
6. You can’t hide from them.
“I worked in a house manager/butler type of position, and there is nothing you don’t find out eventually.
The trajectory of the toothpaste droplets on the mirror would tell me which of the women had spent the night. I knew passwords to computers, alarm systems, bank accounts and safes that I hadn’t necessarily been provided with.
Drugs, kinks, medical history, sordid family secrets, skeletons in the closet, you name it. I think that’s the reason salaries get obscene if you stay long enough, your silence is literally golden.”
7. Not so vanilla.
“One of my most “vanilla” customers doesn’t know I know about her bondage fetish.
She seems like she would be a kindergarten teacher, it caught me off guard when I seen her ropes/cuffs.”
“That their teenage daughter was bulimic.
Clean the outsides of your toilets after you throw up, y’all.
Yes, I had a talk with her parents.”
9. Don’t say a word.
“I was cleaning the house of a woman with a young teenager. His room used to be in the basement but she said he kept sneaking out at night so she moved him upstairs.
I was cleaning his room and found condoms under his lampshade when I was dusting and some pictures of a girls fell out of his Harry Potter book. I know she would have been really upset if she knew. I never said anything.”
“Nice Colombian family.
They import coke from Colombia.”
11. They know.
“Haven’t been a housekeeper in years but we can always tell when your marriage is falling apart.
The amount of “giving up” is clear.”
12. The affair.
“I’m a housekeeper at a nursing home.
The HR rep and the QA manager had an affair, and I knew about it because they had s** toys delivered to the office.
Discreet packaging means f**k-all when you leave the receipt in the box that I have to break down to throw away.”
Do you know any secrets about people you worked for?
If so, tell us about it in the comments.
We can’t wait to hear from you!