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Couple Thought They Were Hiring a Professional Handyman, But They Never Expected the Contractor To Bring Over All His Children to Play.

In an unexpected turn of events, the Original Poster (OP) and her husband found themselves grappling with unprecedented chaos in their orderly home, brought about by a hired couple and their untamed children. The calamity escalated to a deafening crescendo when the children began their unruly invasion of the loft, a space cherished and curated with love. The tale takes an astonishing twist when the parents nonchalantly declare their intent to bring the children along every day, sending a chill down the spine of the beleaguered couple.

The Expectant Visit

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OP and her husband decided to hire a local small business, a husband-and-wife team, for cleaning and maintenance projects on their house ahead of the arrival of their new baby. Their peaceful anticipation turned into shock.

The Family Arrives

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The couple arrived for an evaluation with their three energetic children in tow. OP, being understanding, shrugged off the surprising guests, unaware of the chaos that was about to ensue. As the door opened, the children immediately rushed in.

The Chaos Begins

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Each child disappeared into a different corner of the house. Their energy was palpable as they began dismantling the carefully organized toy shelves. Instead of reining them in, their mother stood by, beaming, stating, “They sure love your house!”

The Invasion of the Loft

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The situation escalated when the children discovered the family’s lovingly crafted and organized loft. It served as a playroom and library, home to not only an array of toys but also OP’s and her husband’s nostalgic pieces. The shrill delight of the children echoed through the house, followed by sounds of stomping and clanging, indicative of furniture abuse, with the mother remaining disturbingly nonchalant.

A Sudden Crash

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During the chaotic discussion with the parents, a crashing noise from the loft froze everyone. It was a sound that unmistakably suggested that furniture had fallen over. Despite the alarming sound, the children’s mother still didn’t react, prompting OP’s husband to race upstairs.

The Bathroom Incident

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Adding to the mayhem, the youngest child urgently needed to use the bathroom. However, three out of four bathrooms were under construction, leaving only the master bathroom usable. It also housed an incubator for baby chicks, leading to a whole new level of chaos as the child alerted her siblings to the spectacle, subsequently causing an accident in the bathroom.

The Unending Madness

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What was supposed to be a brief introduction and negotiation session had spiraled into unimaginable chaos within 15 minutes. OP thought that the worst had passed, planning to hire the couple for a day and then cut ties. Little did she know, the chaos had only just begun.

The Twisted Farewell

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As it was time for the guests to leave, two of the children began to throw tantrums. They left the toys they had strewn around untouched, showing no regard for the mess they had created. To OP’s disbelief, the mother reassured them by saying they would return the next day to continue playing with the toys.

The Unexpected Announcement

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The next day arrived with a dreadful sense of anticipation for OP and her husband. As the family arrived again, the children’s eyes gleamed with mischief. The mother announced that they had decided to bring the children along every day while they worked.

The Irreversible Damage

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Over the next few days, OP’s well-ordered house transformed into an unkempt playground. From the ruined loft to the mess in the living room, the children seemed to leave a trail of destruction wherever they went. OP and her husband were left picking up the pieces, witnessing the demise of their once peaceful home.

A Turning Point

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OP decided to confront the parents about their children’s behavior. The confrontation caused an altercation with the parents, who were in denial, escalating the situation further. The parents, in retaliation, threatened to stop the work midway, leaving OP and her husband in a fix.

The Sudden Departure

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As the argument heated, the parents suddenly decided to leave with their children. They left OP’s house half-fixed and in a worse mess than before. The couple was left grappling with the ruins of their house and an incomplete project.

The Unexpected Help

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In the wake of this disaster, a neighbor, who had been witnessing the chaos, offered to lend a hand. He revealed his past experience in maintenance and repair work. Grateful, OP and her husband accepted his assistance.

Was The Couple’s Behavior Appropriate?

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The couple posted their story online for feedback. The readers in the forum had a lot of mixed views on the matter. Here are some of their responses:

Forum Responds

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One reader said, “Please survey your home and make sure nothing was stolen in all the racket. I hate to stress you more, but this whole thing is bizarre. Anything is possible.”

Another Commenter Thinks

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Another responder wrote, “What wretched behavior that deserves a negative review. I wonder if you can bill them for the time spent cleaning up the house!”

A Third View on The Story

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A different person stated, “Check that nothing was stolen. And call the couple and tell them exactly why you are rescinding the job. And I’d be very clear that they were wildly unprofessional bringing her badly behaved kids to their work.”

A Final Perspective on the Matter

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Another reader commented, “Cancel and leave a horrible review, but also you can charge and sue for damages. They need to be forcibly shut down.”

What Do You Think?

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What are your thoughts on their actions?

What would you have done in this situation?

This story is inspired by a thread from an online forum.

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