Before I start the substance of this post, I'm going to admit to employing a cleaner, even though I'm retired, so I am Very Lucky to be able to do so. However, my husband has noticed that the house is much cleaner when A has been here than when it's left to me to do it. Of course.
Today, when going to work (voluntary) I received an anxious text from A that the 'vacuum' wasn't working: it's a sophisticated machine produced by the company headed by a prominant Brexiteer. The last one I owned made by the same company was wonderful: I let it fall down the stairs once and the company replaced the bits that had broken even though it was almost 10 years old. That's not really the point. When I investigated the problem with the new machine, the now too-narrow inlet tube thingy (I don't know how better to describe it) was clogged with hair, paper and 3 cocktail sticks.
That wouldn't have happened if my otherwise very good cleaner had swept the floor before using the machine, the name of which I don't think I can mention, according to Gransnet rules.
My question is: do the new generation of cleaners think they can rely entirely on technology?
I sent A a reassuring text that I'd fixed the problem and got a response that it hadn't been her fault. Indeed not: if the afore-hinted-at company had developed a machine that dealt with the demands of the task it has, presumably, been designed to do, it would cope with hairs, paper and cocktail sticks. To be fair, possibly not the cocktail sticks!
Advice anyone? I do appreciate that I'm very fortunate to be able to afford a cleaner, so please don't tell me that
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