So after a long day at work I come home and was planning to work on some blogs, but I didn’t expect to have to write this one. But I guess one of my “previous employers” got her panties in a wad. And wrote a bunch of dribble for the tabloid blog.
Patricia really, you don’t have much room to talk. I’ve been to your home where you keep dozens of animals locked in cages in your house 12 hours a day while you work. The smell was nauseating. Maybe it was my super sensitive pregnant nose, or maybe it was off putting to everyone who stepped foot in there. I won’t presume. I will also refrain from posting the screen shot where you stated you would throat punch a client who was having a hard time financially and brought you a dog who was in rough shape. She trusted you with her dog. She was getting it taken care of. But this post isn’t about you. This post is about me.
I started at pup cuts after Christmas in December 2013 and immediately began marketing the business to build clients. I began networking the FB page likes and was posting photos as I do now. I later removed them from the page, then removed myself when I realized that I was not returning to Pup Cuts.
Now to what Patricia said about me and my family:
Im not going to defend all the insults and accusations. But I do want to make a few things clear. My husband dropped me off at work often as I was 8- 9 months pregnant and we had one vehicle. I have no idea why a customer would be offended by my husband dropping me off or waiting to pick me up from work. I only brought one child at a time to help me with work. She claims I put her on blast with my blog about my business here’s what I wrote about her ….
The new job went great for the first month. But as time passed the tone changed. I was advised to look into the legal side and I did. Most groomers hire as independent contractors, when most if not all are simply misclasified employees. It was, like my previous jobs, just an under the table work. I was ok with that. My only goal was to feed my family. I worked up till the day before Mosiah was born. When I inquired about resuming work I was sent a contract. I disagreed with the terms (one being that I was not allowed to sell MY bows to the groomer I had previously worked for). I found work at yet another salon, trying to decide what to do next.
That’s a blast? But let’s presume all of the things she said were true, why even offer me a contract to begin with? You would think you would dissolve all association after all the hate and spite you had for us.
The contract was posted and I’m not clogging the post with screen shots, but this was my response
Regarding the contract.
1. The selling of signature items. These are not trademarked, and are made by and available to groomers all over. I have altered and improved on an idea as I have with my bows and other such items. There is no grounds for restriction on my making and selling these items.
2. Regarding clients. I understand that your clients are your own. I do want to address how new clients will be handled. As far as the publicity of the marketing new clients are solicited often by word of mouth but they won’t know to ask for a specific groomer. They usually will say ” I took my dog to Pup Cuts”… As it is now, the marketing I have done since I started has brought the FB page from 211 to 284 and all of the new clients we have generated from that has increased business. However, since I was pushing Pup Cuts, I was not soliciting clients for me personally. This will continue as the general public sees the shop as a whole and not two individual businesses. We need to address a way to handle new client inflow fairly.
3. Regarding equipment. When I started I told you I was short on equipment ( dryer etc) and that I was working to replace those. This has still been a challenge as we have been slower than expected. Will I be allowed to use said equipment on a temporary basis?
I also want to address that when I approached you in December regarding employment, you clearly stated you had an abundance of clients and needed a second groomer to pick up the slack. I understand the weather was an additional burden, but you have made me feel like I was somehow infringing on your business. I took this job with the understanding that I would relieve your overflow and build up my own clientele after the baby was born. I was still working towards that plan.
You claimed that we have needed an increase in shampoo and towels. That would show that we in fact were grooming more dogs. Which is a good thing.
After we spoke on Saturday you were very angry, you sent me a message saying you were pissed then posted the FB meme with the same tone. I was not asking for pity. I was hoping things would work out in both our favor as we built up the grooming clients.
note: I worked up until March 29th, the day before Mosiah was born.
Now to Sallys little blurb
Misclassified employees are common in the grooming industry but do not follow the IRS guidelines. The 20 factor test as described in this blog, layout the same criteria for groomers as it does hairdressers. If Sally has paid attention, the bigger misclassified issue was with a business I worked at after I left Pup Cuts. Maybe she can get them to write a guest blog too.
And no Sally, I wouldn’t be paying taxes. Anyone with a lick of sense would know a family like ours profits from the tax system. I wouldn’t be paying taxes, they would be paying me. But I bet Miss Patricia would cringe at an audit. So let’s all throw our names to the IRS. Let’s see what they think.Loading Likes...
Amen Cindy, amen.
@ Cathy Malecha: Hear, Hear!!! i think you’ve very clearly and succinctly written what most of us think. All Patricia is doing is making herself look like a control-freak, an idiot, and a dullard who slams others to make herself feel good – ego complex, insecurity syndrome, etc, etc. Wow, i must say i haven’t encountered that kind of behavior since, oh, grade school. i’m guessing that Patricia has an IQ second only to that of a potted plant. at least that’s what she chooses to show the world.
Ugh. The independent contractor controversy is a big deal. Nicole is right. They even did an article about it in “groomer to groomer” magazine. Anyone who stays on top of industry issues would know that Nicole is right. Sounds like her ex boss was old school, and uneducated. Times are changing though! Thank goodness!
Your children are undocumented, you wouldn’t be able to claim them as dependents. How could you profit from the tax system?
My hubs and I encountered employers and landlords who acted similarly. They are usually on a power trip, and have issues with other people not being in their control, or doing exactly as they want, or under their thumb…whatever you want to call it. It is good that you got out. Sad they are trying to slander your name. There is nothing you can do about it, it just speaks about their character. All you can do is warn people about how you were treated, and hope that the person changes and learns to be better.
@Patricia — WHY? Why can people not leave others alone? There have been plenty of people in my life who have done me wrong, but I choose the higher path and to leave it be. What good would it do for me to drag it out and try to pound people into the ground? What good are you doing? The only one who looks bad here is —- you. I don’t sympathize with people who are looking for an army to attack someone over something this stupid. No one else was there to witness it so does your attempt to get others to lay judgement on this family make you feel good? If so, it’s not working for me, and to top if off, I don’t give a rats ass what happened and I’m sure there are plenty others who don’t either. Find a hobby.
Well, isn’t that interesting that somehow your former employer Patricia the Groomer was hanging out with celebrity blogger Sally Davis drinking beer in ATV’s, and that were just so innocently driving along the road from one neighbor’s house to visit another neighbor on your road? And they just so innocently drove past your house with all of these other people who supposedly “didn’t even know anything about you” but yet “wanted to see your property” and did absolutely nothing wrong. Just minding their own business on a country drive, and it only went to hell due to Joe’s behavior, because he dared to come out to the road and see what in the hell they were doing. Right. This admission that the “girl in the pink hair” was your ex-boss hanging out with a person who has made blogging about you and your family almost a full-time job confirms that there was nothing innocent whatsoever about that little jaunt — not that any of us believed it anyway — but it clearly shows that their feigned innocence is bull.
Also, Patricia’s statement above that she has mostly remained in the background and only occasionally commented isn’t quite true either. She was telling those stories back in May last year. Perhaps not so much on Facebook, but on other internet forums and comments to pages.
I apologize. Yes. I do recall now. But that does not change the fact that I was always respectful of your business and never left messes. I cannot even fathom why you would say such things.
if you didn’t have a key to the shop, how were you able to get in and groom dogs the days I was snowed in and could not get to work? … lies lies everywhere lies
It’s really sad to see that grown women still like to babble in petty bullshit. It’s clear that they have nothing but idle time on their hands if they’re so consumed with what you and your family are doing. Grow up ladies – and find a hobby other than bashing people. It will all catch up to you in time.
SMH. These people are asses. I’m sorry you’re having to deal with people this crappy.
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