Fired Nanny: Family Tried to Feed Me Dog Food

Diane Stretton calls her former employer a 'screaming Mimi'

By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 1, 2014 6:44 PM CDT

(Newser) – Will she move out by Friday or won't she? That remains to be seen, but in the meantime, the country's most infamous nanny is talking. In an interview with KTLA in which she wouldn't show her face, Diane Stretton today says she wasn't the nightmare—the Bracamonte family was. Stretton singles out mom Marcella, who she calls a "drama queen" and "screaming Mimi" who "spends 90% of her day on the phone, just like a teenager." The 64-year-old says she was forced to work "way more than the equivalent of the value of the room" (without lunch or coffee breaks). In fact, she says, the "two or three hours of cleanup" she did daily alone would have equaled its value.

But she says she worked as many as 10 hours a day tending to the couple's three kids—who she says were told to bring her dog food. Says Stretton, "Right after [Marcella] served that letter [telling her to shape up or ship out], she gave the kids three cans of dog food and told them to put it outside my room for my food. And so little Ralphie, 4 years old, knocks on the door and says, 'Diane, your dinner’s here, we got dog food for you.'" (Stretton now says she'll move out of the Upland, Calif., home ... when the weather is right.)

Diane Stretton.   (News23)
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