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American ‘Cleaning Fairy’ Busted by Police

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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.
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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.

Man vs. Machine Cleaning Challenge!

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Here's a bit of weird news for you, a former street cleaner in Carlisle has thrown down the gauntlet to his old employers claiming he can 'out-clean' any mechanical street sweeper. cleaning-challenge 46-year-old John Shaw is a formerly 'well-known' street sweeper on the Botcherby estate in Carlisle, recognised by the local council as 'enthusiastic about his work' and even honoured with an achievement certificate during his time under council employ. But relations turned sour after council authorities claimed he was collecting too much rubbish, and was going beyond the call of duty by cleaning up dog fouling. Mr Shaw said: “I was getting 20 to 30 bags full every day and would go home with blisters on my hand. “They said I was bringing in too much rubbish. They wanted me to cut down. In protest, brandished a bag of dog mess at astonished councillors and exchanged heated words with the environment portfolio holder Elsie Martlew before he was escorted from thew council chambers “I brought the dog fouling in to show them that their cleaners haven’t picked it up. It’s all what I collected in Botcherby the previous week. “I’ve been talking to some of the council lads who said it wasn’t in their contract to pick it up. “People pay their council tax and they should get a good service. I have apologised. I lost my cool." Responding to the outburst, Mrs Martlew replied that the council’s new Labour administration had made street cleaning a top priority and is investing an extra £85,00 for two years and buying new street-cleaning machinery. Mr Shaw said: “If it doesn’t get done right and she’s wasted all that money, I would like to challenge one of these new machines. I would go against a Scarab [a type of street cleaner]. I would show them - I’ll give her until next year." What will happen if the council don't respond to Mr. Shaw's duelling challenge is, quite frankly, anybody's guess. Quotes via