Hey there! Sadly there's been a lot of bad things happening. I was first on Sittercity and care when those sites were brand new. Both websites have been big problems. They delete your account if you call in and complain about a bad experience with a parent(s)/families you have worked for or interviewed with. Its really weird! I called in yesterday to complain about a parent to Sittercity who was previously on care.com who don't even have kids! These people said they had a 9 year old daughter and I meet with them multiple times in public and then went to their house one time and all they were looking for was sex and said they would "pay me for sex". Well, I gave great detail to Sittercity.com about what happened and said these people were using a picture of a neighbors kid and saying they had that child and told them about the sex stuff the parents said to me....well, instead of those people getting deleted off of sittercity, I was deleted off!!!! I called back and let them know that person I did speak to promised me my profile would not be deleted. They accused me of having "other emails" and said my name was "Tony" and that I was a "guy/male". I was like huh?! I asked to speak to the supervisor and they said no and hung up. What the heck?
Then, yesterday a family member decided to make a yahoo account and used my phone number on the account. She joined sittercity yesterday, replied to that same persons ad (the people who don't have a kid and wanted sex) and they replied back blabbing on about needing a sitter and etc.....then her sittercity account got deleted by sittercity and now her yahoo account is disabled! I couldn't even log on! I tried to call yahoo and tell them what was going on since the account was used with my phone number and they kept hanging up on me and making excuses!! So now, my family member--her yahoo account is disabled/deleted and was deleted from sittercity.
I have run into so many people on both sittercity & care that don't have children, or have children and have bad backgrounds. I even got "punched" by a father! Hence, the mom said they were "separated" and he showed up at the door and I had no idea who he was and he punched me. Anyhow! Lots of weird people on these sites....even people living in motels lying saying they are just here for a short vacation and truthfully, they aren't. Back when the sites first opened, it wasn't that bad. Now, its just a complete mess! I am very frightened that sittercity is going to call the police on me and my family. We have done nothing wrong and neither of us have any records! This is just so weird. I've read a lot of compliments with similar issues from other people. Other nannies are stating that these websites are 'fake' and 'scams' and not real people.
Anyone else had bad experiences???? I'm very worried someone is gonna come after us. I don't know why they do not screen the parents, but they screen us sitters only!
Yes, I've done a lot of ranting! I just want to quit working as a nanny for the current family...showed up today at their house & the parent was shooting up with drugs in a needle and a bunch of other people were shooting up drugs in their arm and drinking. It was the worst morning ever!