Upland, CA (CNN) — A California couple is caught in what they describe as a “nanny nightmare.”
Marcella and Ralph Bracamonte fired their live-in nanny three weeks ago, but say the woman is refusing to leave and even threatening to take legal action.
“She said, ‘if you want me to go, you’ll need to evict me. I have rights,'” says Marcella Bracamonte.
In March, Marcella Bracamonte placed an ad on Craigslist looking for a retiree to watch her three children and help around the house, in exchange for room and board.
64-year-old Dianne Stretton accepted the job and at first she was amazing.
“She completely reverted after a couple weeks into someone who didn’t want to do anything and that only came out when it was time to eat,” says Ralph Bracamente.
After repeatedly asking Stretton to help out around the house the couple gave her a last-chance letter, asking her to live up to her part of the agreement or leave.
Instead of leaving, Stretton is threatening to sue them for breach of contract, wrongful termination and false imprisonment.
“If we’re to lock her out of our house she could sue us, if we’re to grab her stuff and throw it out of our house she can sue us,” says Ralph Bracamente.
The Bracamontes say they tried everything to get the unwanted nanny to leave, even turning off the cable and internet and locking the refrigerator at night.
The couple recently discovered that Stretton had allegedly been involved in 37 lawsuits and even sued several of her own family members.