Bollywood stars and their horrifying stories with their maids!
Seems like the not really well treating your housemaids is a behavior that is quite common among the people with higher positions especially celebrities in the music and movie industry. It all started when the reports came out that Kylie Jenner has been using the hand of her maid to test her lipsticks. Even though she, later on, commented that her maid is ok with it and she respects all the people that work for her, the news did not stop there. It continued toward Bollywood! One of the housekeeping service providers, BookMyBai, banned celebrities from the list of their clients and revealed some of the terrible cases that happened with the celebrities to provide enough reasons for the decision they made.
"Let me explain my experience by detailing some of the cases that have happened. Celebrity 1: She came to us looking for a male helper at a budget of Rs. 4000 per month! This is even lower than the minimum wage of Maharashtra. We refused and told her that we won't be able to provide a helper in this budget. After a lot of negotiation, she finally agreed upon Rs.10000 per month. We went ahead and provided the helper and all was going well. Unfortunately, the mother of the helper passed away. The helper was from Bihar and he wanted to go back to Bihar to perform the last rituals."
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"He promised to be back after 15 days since he wanted the money to support his family. The "celebrity" called us and told us that she won't let the person go until the time we send in a replacement. This was at 5.45pm on a Saturday evening. Our office is shut on Sundays. We promised to send a replacement on Monday and requested her to release the helper since he has to go for his mother's last ritual. Guess what! She did not. She couldn't care less. We did give a replacement on Monday. But the helper missed out on her mother's last ritual. I have no words to the extent of disgust I now have for this lady."
"Celebrity 2: She is a unique case altogether. She has a huge home in Mumbai suburbs and she hired a maid through us. BookMyBai has a 6-month replacement clause with the employers which means that if any domestic help leaves within the first 6-months, then we would provide a free replacement. The extent of torture and harassment to the maids was so high that we replaced maids 7 times. Each maid worked for 7-10 days before giving up and quitting. She drives a 3 crore car. Doesn’t give food to her domestic help. NO FOOD!!! Really!! Drink tea and eat bread 3 times a day."
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"Finally we gave the full-refund to the lady since she threatened us that her brother will send in a few bouncers to our office and “fix” us up. I didn’t want this atmosphere in my office and chose to part ways."
"Celebrity 3: This experience actually convinced my team that we would not deal with celebrities anymore. Physical abuse of the maid was almost a daily affair. As soon as we got to know, we asked the maid to leave as soon as possible. When she came to our office, we could see physical marks on her body of physical abuse. We supported her and wanted to file a complaint with the local police station."
"But she asked us to let it go. She didn’t have the time to run to the police station every time the police calls her. Every time she would be summoned she would have to miss work and not get paid. We understand her concern. Without her support, the police refused to take a complaint and we couldn't file a case against the employer. The best part is this – We have a very strict abuse clause in our contract and the employer is not given a replacement if there is any form of abuse. The celebrity called us and told us that she has 4 lakh followers on Twitter and she would post bad tweets about the company if we don’t give her a replacement."
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"We enquired with the building security guard who says no one stick in this home for over a week since she beats them all."
"Celebrity 4: She has all the money in the world. Yet she couldn’t solve her maid issues. Her P.A. reached out to us and told us about the requirement. Initially, we were very excited since this would open up avenues for the future round of funding for the company too. She was also playing well. At least more than Mumbai market rate. However, her attitude towards the staff was not less than someone who is uneducated."
"Verbal and physical abuse was a part of her daily routine. The maid got so fed up that she just absconded to her village and never came back. This left such a huge scar in her mind that later she told us she would never want to come back to any city. Now, this left us to wonder. How do these people abuse their domestic help as slaves? Again – we were threatened with legal cases and obviously, a small startup of mine cannot deal with legal notices from lawyers who charge Rs. 25 lakhs per hearing! We refunded and closed the case."
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"Celebrity 5: This one is a classic. She took a maid from us. Everything was fine and the maid was happy. No abuse/harassment whatsoever. However, she refused to pay us our service charges. BookMyBai charges about Rs. 15000 for a live-in maid. Initially, when we were calling her for our payment, she stopped taking our calls. Later she flat-out refused to pay and said –"jo karna hai karlo!" – If I am not wrong, she got multiple crores as alimony from her husband. She, in fact, told us that if we call her again then she would file a case of harassment and extortion with the crime branch."
This organization was not the only one with complaints! Another service provider said, "An incident took place at an actor's house. She is divorced with two children and comes from a family of actors. She didn't feed provide food to the maid on time and served her left-overs from their parties. They also create problems with salary — they feel that people are dying to work at their houses, so they can decide what they want to pay."
What do you think about the stories?! Do you believe they are all real or it is just a publicity stunt?!