Ask Amy: Our house-sitter is furious about what we left behind

DEAR AMY: My partner and I are currently house- and dog-sitting for my parents. We asked our friend to watch our own house while we are gone.

Columnist Amy Dickinson (Bill Hogan/Chicago Tribune)

We just moved into this house recently. We managed to clean the house up and make it presentable, except for the kitchen. We ran out of time and left clean dishes in the dishwasher and some dirty dishes in the sink.

Our trash can was also full (trash day was the day after we left), so there were two bags of non-food trash by the back door.

Obviously, we’ve come to realize that we are the jerks in this situation. We know we should have left a clean house.

Related Articles

Ask Amy: When a kid needs to be more grown-up than her dad

Ask Amy: I stopped drinking, and I never expected this response

Ask Amy: Chronic mansplainer won’t leave me alone

Ask Amy: I saw her selling my gifts online

Ask Amy: Should I change this family rule because my 11-year-old is gay?

Our friend is absolutely livid. She went off on my partner via text. I followed up with her a couple of days later with an apology and an offer to pay her for her time.

I said I was aware that paying her wasn’t going to fix the problem, and the offer of payment was to be in addition to the face-to-face conversation she requested when we return.

It was clear by her response that she was still super-angry.

Personally, I think that being this angry about some dirty dishes after a week might be overreacting, but I can’t be sure because I’m feeling so defensive about it.

I don’t know what this face-to-face conversation is going to look like. If she intends to chew us out, I might dissociate and look like I don’t care.

How do I ask her to keep her temper down?

Dirty House Owner

DEAR OWNER: I’m not sure why you are waiting with bated breath for this face-to-face showdown, rather than continuing to communicate in order to try to repair things now.

I take

Source:: East Bay – Lifestyle

      

(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *