As an office cleaning company in London, we like to think of ourselves as pretty magical. People leave work at 5pm, and when they arrive at 9am the next day, desks have been cleaned, floors have been treated bins emptied and so on.
However, one curious case in the US has seen a woman dubbed the ‘Cleaning Fairy’ sentenced with trespassing and other criminal charges.
Homeowner Sherry Bush was left with her ‘jaw on the floor’ as she returned home to find the washing up taken care of, vacuuming done and rubbish taken out to the curb. And not because her teenage daughter had finally done her chores – because there was a hastily-scrawled ‘bill’ on a napkin on the table.
Thinking a commercial cleaning company had dispatched someone to the wrong address, Mrs Bush called the number – belonging to one Susan Warren – on the invoice/napkin and was calmly informed that there was no error, and that Mrs Warren would be expecting $75 (£48) for her unrequested cleaning services.
Rather than settling the bill, Sherry Bush took the matter up with the police, who have sentenced 53-year-old Susan Warren, to 20 hours of community service after pleading guilty to one of the most unusual cases of attempted burglary you’ll ever hear.
Apparently, after driving around a neighbourhood of large houses and lacking ‘something to do’, Warren broke in, took care of some household tasks and left her invoice.
Saying she owns a cleaning business, Warren claimed she sometimes enters homes, cleans them and leaves a bill – telling the court ‘I do this all the time’.
And she wasn’t lying. Last year, Warren as charged with trespassing for a similar ‘cleaning fairy’ visit. We’d hope that attempted burglary charge will make this her last unrequested cleaning job.