The “nightmare nanny” in California, who was fired by a family on June 6 but refused to leave their house afterward, prompting the story to go viral, is telling her side, claiming she is the victim here.
Diane Stretton was hired by Marcella Bracamonte, a mother-of-three living in Upland, California, through Craigslist a few months ago. After a couple of weeks of good work, Bracamonte said the 64-year-old started spending most of her time in her room — free board was part of their nannying agreement — and complaining of illness. After some time, Bracamonte said she tried to work with Stretton but when the situation didn’t improve, she fired her and told her to leave the home.
But Stretton stuck around.
“She said, ‘if you want me to go, you’ll need to evict me. I have rights,’” Bracamonte told KTLA-TV.
Stretton has spoken some of her piece on a local radio station, but she recently gave an interview with KTLA, telling her side of the story on camera, though not showing her face.
“You’re talking about 10 hours a day because I didn’t get lunch breaks or coffee breaks or anything,” Stretton told KTLA of her work conditions.
Stretton told the news station she worked seven days a week, even working up to eight hours on Sunday, her day off. She also alleged that she occasionally babysat other people’s kids who were left at the Bracamonte’s home as well.
After Stretton refused to sign Bracamonte’s “last chance” letter, she alleged that her cable, Internet and air conditioning were cut off. She even said that the family tried to feed her dog food.
“Right after she served that letter, she gave the kids three cans of dog food and told them to put it outside my room,” Stretton said. “So little Ralphie, who’s 4 years old, knocks on my door and says, ‘Diane, your dinner is here. We’ve got dog food for you.’”
While Stretton has been called a squatter and the Bracamontes are trying to legally evict her, the nanny told KTLA at one point she left her room to start moving things out and claims that the mother yelled at her and told her to get back into her room.
Watch KTLA-TV’s report with its interview with Stretton:
KTLA reported that Stretton has been involved in several lawsuits in the past but that the woman wouldn’t discuss them when asked on camera.
Stretton has agreed to leave the family’s home by July 6, which would adhere to the 30-day notice agreement she and the Bracamontes signed when entering into this relationship. But the nanny has made some demands of her stay in the mean time.
In a letter said to have been penned by Stretton provided by the Bracamontes to the U.K.’s Daily Mail, the woman wrote that she expects her WiFi, cable and electricity to be operational. She demanded the bathroom be stocked with toilet paper and hand soap. She asked for access to healthy food or a $200 allowance to eat outside the home. She also requested that on the day she plans to move out that the Bracamontes “vacate the premises” between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.