Ed. note: We publish tips every day with hopes at least a few will find a useful place in our readers' lives, and occasionally we hear back about how things turned out. Here's how today's tip tester used previously mentioned Vitamin D.
Photo by Ed Yourdon.
We'll skip the part about how putting someone under surveillance without their knowledge feels at least a little bit creepy and go straight to what happened:
I had a suspicion that my dog walker was not coming at the times she claimed, as I came home early from work once as she was just leaving. (Well past her visitation time). I asked a neighbour who recently started working from home to just keep an eye on the time that our walker was coming by. A few weeks later, she came by and told us that our dog walker wasn't even walking the dog on Mondays. (No idea why Mondays, we never got that answer.) She would come in and be out in under two minutes. She was fine the other two days/week she came by. Our neighbour waited a few Mondays to verify she wasn't missing anything.
I had just read about this webcam security software on Lifehacker, so I figured I'd set it up. I put it on our dining room table, with two webcams, which were in plain sight. Granted, there was lots of clutter on the table, but nothing was hidden. After the first time, we were in shock. I wanted to confront the dog walker in person, so I planned to leave work early the following week. Our neighbour also helped out by walking our dog after the 'visit', so our dog didn't suffer. Although he has a strong bladder and could make the time before my wife came home.
I asked the dogwalker to come by after work, (not an unusual request, if I ran late). My wife and I both waited, but she never showed. After a phone call, she claimed to have already been there. In short, she denied the whole thing, even after seeing the videos. She never mailed us back the key, (I changed the locks that night regardless). Our new dogwalker is fantastic.