She Was Delighted When She Landed a Dream House-Sitting Job, but When She Realized It Was Not as Advertised, She Got Out of There ASAP

A woman recently wrote to an online forum to share the story of a house-sitting job that turned into a nightmare. She was promised a lovely house in a small town, but she got a filthy, mouse-infested trailer instead. Here’s what she had to say.

House-sitting gig

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The woman wrote, “I have been house-sitting for a few years now, mostly for family, friends, and coworkers. I typically charge $40 per night and recently took up a house-sitting gig for my dearest coworker while she and her husband traveled abroad in the UK.”

False advertising

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“She made it sound as though I would be staying in a nice house in a small town with her two dogs, who could remain in the yard for the majority of the day,” she added. “I could go out and about and wouldn’t be trapped in the house.”

Taken at face value

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The woman was unable to see the house or meet the dogs until the day before the job started. However, when she got there, she was in for a surprise.

Horror trailer

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When she arrived, her coworker informed her that she would not be staying in the house. Instead, she would be housed in her coworker’s deceased father’s trailer.

Out of bounds

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The trailer was far outside town, at the edge of the woods. It hadn’t been lived in for months. But that wasn’t even the worst of it.

Grim condition

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The woman looked at the trailer. It was filthy. She’d seen places like this on Hoarders: Buried Alive before. However, her coworker claimed she was working on making it liveable for her.

Following day

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When the woman arrived the next day to start her gig, nothing had changed, apart from an attempt to mask the foul odors with Febreze. She tried to open the windows, but they were locked shut.

Making the best of it

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The woman played with the dogs and made sure they were happy. She turned in for the night, but the mice scurrying around the trailer kept her awake.

Emergency contact

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Her coworker had given her a family member’s number to call in case of an emergency. She looked around the squalid trailer and reckoned that this qualified. She called the number and told them that she couldn’t stay another night.

Getting out

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The family member agreed to come and collect the dogs. The woman got out of there as quickly as she could.

Was she in the right

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The woman felt bad that she’d abandoned her post, but she had no choice. She wrote to an online forum and asked if she was right to leave.

The internet responded

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One poster said, “Your coworker was taking advantage of you. In the future, maybe it’s actually better to house-sit for people you don’t know as well.”

While another replied, “A rodent infestation to the degree you described is considered a biohazard. She probably doesn’t know it’s been overrun at this point. And where there are mice, the rats will show up shortly.”

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