The very worse employee I had the joy of taking on, was a woman to cover for me whilst I was on holiday in the US for a month.
When she came for the interview she was very pleasant and knowledgeable. Boss checked her references and hey were very good. These were all in Eire and she spoke with a strong Irish accent. The arrangement was that she would live in my cottage whilst I was away.
The horses were all turned out 24/7 for their summer break.
I received a phone call from her at 2 a.m. Complaining about my other worker and many other things.
When I returned the first thing Boss said to me was, "You are NEVER going away on holiday again!"
This woman had been a nightmare. She had brought the horses into work, had a different farrier come in to shoe them, told me that one of the horses had peritonitis and was on antibiotics and needed his last jab. I said I would give it and she told me he was bad to inject.
I walked into Spud's stable and he immediately got wide eyed and up tight. I walked to him and when he realised he was going to have a jab he tried to run around the stable. I just told him "Eh! What do you think you're doing?" He stoped and I jabbed him. He didn't move. Meantime she had rushed to get a halter and the twitch.
She had the next day off and by coincidence my telephone bill arrived. Normally this was around £45 -£55 this time it was near,y £400. I had itemised calls and on going through them found that she had called people in Eire and one call was over £60, nearly 2 hrs long.
My freezer was empty near enough, my booze cupboard was the same and also all the wine I had was gone. The place had been sprayed with an aerosol but she hadn't picked up all the roaches she had smoked.
I was soon receiving calls about her and what she had been saying, mainly that the Boss was going to get rid of me as she was a better employee.
It all culminated with a big show down.
She had a two yr old gypsy cob there. It was turned out with my 2 yr old. She was meant to be moving it on the Sunday. I told her I would get it in and was told that if I even touched her horse she would sue me.
I brought both in and had them in stables when she arrived to move him. Boss paid her minus the money for the phone bill. If she was angry before she was furious after this and honestly had expected a bonus.
We had words. I fully admit I enjoy and good argument! She was so mad and I kept totally calm. This enraged her even more.
Eventually she haltered her horse and started to lead him out the yard. I mad the remark, "Good riddence to bad rubbish as she was going out the gate.
She dropped her horse's rope and raced to be in front of me, really close. I was taller than her and also stood in the doorway of the stable which had a step up. She grabbed my hair with both hands and pulled. I didn't move but stared her strict in the eyes and told her to let go. I was thinking how stupid she was as I could have killed her with two fingers to her throat, she was totally open to attack.
She cussed and swore at me and I just kept telling her to let go of my hair. She did with one hand and drew her arm back to hit me across the face. I grabbed her arm and had it in a reverse arm lock. That was hurting her but she still had my hair with her other hand.
I just exerted a bit more pressure telling her that not only would I break her arm I would also dislocate it.
Her response was to tell me to do it and she would sue.
I was tempted but still kept my cool telling her that she could try but, not my fault she lead her horse away and something happened and she got hurt. Big young horse and she quite small.
She pointed out that thismwas a lie. I agreed and asked her who would be believed, me who had lived in the area for several years and not fallen out with anyone, or, her who had been there a month and caused more trouble locally than most?
She let go and grabbed her horse and went off.
The references she had given that the boss checked were all false numbers. We found out one she had said she had worked for and when asked he said he wouldn't let her within a mile of his place!
Big mistake on my behalf.