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Scottish family offering $64K for a nanny, but mind the poltergeist

Scottish family offering $64K for a nanny, but mind the poltergeist

A couple in Scotland is looking for a nanny. Doesn’t seem like it’s newsworthy, right? Well, there’s a significant catch.

The job sounds fairly lush. The couple is looking for an in-house nanny and the person selected will have their own room at a “spacious, historic property in a remote spot with spectacular views.” To sweeten the deal, the salary is £50,000 per year ($63,771), and it offers 28 days of paid vacation, plus all bank holidays.

The person selected will oversee two children, ages 5 and 7. They will see to breakfast, make sure the kids get to school and are picked up, then help with dinner and homework. The parents are both professionals and often travel during the week, so the nanny will likely have full responsibility for the children during the week.

It’s a decent job offer. The pay is good, the vacation days are generous, and the included room makes the salary stretch even further. The only downside is that the nanny is essentially always on call. Oh, and there may be a poltergeist that chased off the last five nannies in less than a year. So there’s that.

In the job listing, the employers posted the following:

We have lived in our home for nearly 10 years. We were told it was ‘haunted’ when we bought it, but kept our minds open and decided to buy the house regardless. 5 nannies have left the role in the last year, each citing supernatural incidents as the reason, including strange noises, broken glass and furniture moving. This has obviously been a period of great upheaval for our children. We haven’t personally experienced any supernatural happenings, as they have been reported only while we’ve been out of the house, but we’re happy to pay above the asking rate, and feel it’s important to be as up-front as possible to find the right person.

So on one hand, you have a potentially violent poltergeist messing with you and trying to scare you off, possibly even physically harm you. On the other, you don’t need a Master’s degree and 10 years of experience for an entry-level job that doesn’t pay a living wage.

Call it a toss-up.



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