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  • What would Mary Poppins do?    July 1 
Nanny nightmare: Fired woman refuses to leave family's home unless on her own terms

Mrs. Doubtfire she is not: A Southern California nanny who refused to move out of her ex-employer's home after being fired says she is finally ready to leave, but on her own terms.

Unfortunately, that involves changing the weather, which basically means she's not going anywhere.

"The temperature over the next five days is expected to be near 100 degrees, and I can't work in that kind of heat," Diane Stretton, 64, wrote in an email to her former employer's attorney on Saturday. "The media needs to be completely gone before I continue moving. If the media stays away, I will be out by the 4th of July. But that depends on the circus not continuing."

Her ex-employer, Marcella Bracamonte, told ABC News she doesn't believe her. "She is going to show up when I am not here, with a bunch of food and water, and barricade herself in her room," she said. Bracamonte and her husband, Ralph, want Stretton gone by 4 p.m. Tuesday.

The saga began in March, when the Bracamontes hired Stretton from a Craigslist ad to help with their three small children in exchange for room and board. The Bracamontes say that several weeks in, Stretton declared that her health problems were getting in the way and she could no longer work. But she didn't leave, instead emerging from her room only to get food.

The Bracamontes claim they gave her a month's notice to leave, but she ignored it, saying she would sue for elder abuse and improper firing. An investigation has revealed that Stretton is listed on California's Vexatious Litigant List, and most of her lawsuits have been against her sisters, son, and other family members.

The lesson we've all learned? Don't expect to find Mary Poppins on Craigslist. --Catherine Garcia

 
 
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