Thursday, August 4, 2016

Do Billionaire's Have Morals?

In various ways I've been asked this question many times over the years, since beginning this blog back in 2011. Try as I may to figure it all out, the best answer I can come up with is that they seem to make up their own morals as they go along, depending on their positions, power, and adventures at the moment.

We have wonderful examples of the super rich being generous with their employees, lifting them up along the way to their mutual success, and contributing untold amounts of money to charities, endowments for the arts, and funding entire wings for hospitals and universities. On the other hand, some of them have a selfish malignant narcissism that defies all comprehension - making them difficult to be around, if not a total menace to everyone in their paths.

To narrow this down, I'm afraid to report my employer is probably among the latter. I've written several posts about all the women streaming in and out of this house and how it keeps our lives in disruption. Add to that, for the last three nights a new woman has shown up here that none of us have ever seen before! She comes late in the evening and disappears before the morning house staff arrives - which doesn't bode well.

If you recall, in a post entitled Trollop Tales: Part 3 back in June, I wrote about the new girlfriend in our lives who had been around for several months. We in the house staff were growing to understand her; we had gone from rejecting to accepting her. In fact, we had even given her more respectful and elevated titles from The Trollop, to The Woman, and then to The Current Girlfriend.

Then she and the Mister went off on a weekend vacation in his private jet, along with four other guests to the Bahamas. But something must have happened that mysterious weekend which I've yet to unravel. Suddenly she disappeared. As with women who have disappeared in the past, I naively thought perhaps she was on her own private summer vacation with family and friends and would be back soon.

But after three weeks without seeing hide nor hair of her, suddenly this new woman shows up! And the pharmacy dropped off a new prescription of Viagra today. So I guess we're in for a whole new episode.

I haven't seen this new one face to face yet, only from my garage apartment window when she arrives. But she appears quite young - let's say late thirties, compared to the forty-and-fifty year olds of the former ladies who show up here. All compared to my employer being near the age of Methuselah.

She (like all his wives and girlfriends) is tall, quite thin, with long blond hair. For him it seems to be more about fulfilling his narcissistic self image than seriously engaging romantically with anyone. Seemingly his need is to appear in public with an attractive woman on his arm, no matter who it is and interchangeable as they may be.

Indeed, there's a framed photo of himself as a handsome young soccer champ, prominently displayed in his boudoir. As you may have already guessed, standing beside him and happily smiling is a tall slender blond.

So once again it's up to us the staff to adjust. After all, he's the one who writes our paychecks, isn't he? It's not our place to judge, or apply our middle-class values and moralities to those who think of themselves as being above the rules.

What's up to us is to tolerate and accommodate whatever cheeky tramp or trollop that shows up here. Any one of them, God forbid, could become the future Mistress of the house!

Hope your summer is going well, and thanks for dropping in this evening,

Andrew


Friday, July 15, 2016

House Staff Abuse Among the Rich!

As unthinkable as it may be, we see it all the time in the legitimate press and trashy tabloid papers about how certain celebrities, political figures, and other rich types are occasionally accused of mistreating the very people who take care of them.

It's no big secret on the international stage that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's wife was recently accused and convicted of abusing her household staff. Here's a link to the embarrassing article in the BBC news, to cite one unpleasant example.

I've received many inquiries on this topic, but to tell you the truth it's difficult to write about. Things are so complicated in the lives of the super rich. They live in their own isolated world, and have such highly-specialized needs.

In the corporate world where everyone is on their best behavior forty hours a week, the very thought of verbal, emotional, sexual, or physical abuse is forbidden and met with ferocious law suits if any such transgressions occur, right?

But in the intimacy of a private home, things are substantially different. Unlike at the office where everyone's behaving properly, at home we in the house staff see our employers at their very worst and crabby moments, from when they fist wake up in the morning until they finally crawl into bed at night. No one can expect them to be all smiles and best manners twenty-four hours a day. We understand this, and have a high tolerance for bad moods and disrespectful behavior - or else we couldn't handle this kind of job. It's something akin to being part of a grumpy quarreling family - which usually means nothing and smooths out during the day.

However, there comes a point when some employers might take out their bad moods on their household staff in more troublesome ways. We're easy targets after all, and get it all the time. Lack of appreciation or gratitude for all that's being done for them comes with the territory of course, and we all know how to deal with it.

But when it comes to verbal insults, demeaning behavior, physical or sexual abuse, that crosses the line and becomes the rightful territory of lawyers and lawsuits. The sad part being that many rich people in America hire illegal immigrants, undocumented workers, at low wages to run their homes - desperate people who are afraid to bring charges against them for whatever abuse they might suffer, for fear of being deported.

House staff jobs fill legitimate needs, just as office staff are indispensable in running a corporation. There should really be no discrepancy between the two fields in just how much we should tolerate abuse. Luckily there are some internal controls. We don't give up our civil rights because we work in a private home, and most legitimate house-staffing agencies will blackball any employer who's accused of abuse and will not send future applicants into that environment.

While celebrities abusing their house staff make BIG SPLASHY HEADLINES in the tabloids, the good news is that the vast majority of rich people are respectful and appreciative toward those who are seeing after their needs. Or else this occupation would not and could not exist.

Thanks for stopping in this evening, I hope this shed some light.

Andrew