Sitter Eating Expensive Food

Is it typical for a sitter to invite her boyfriend along who is not vetted with site AND eat specialty frozen items, fish and shrimp and other unopened, expensive food items ?
I am very disappointed with two huge portions of salmon, shrimp and tilapia as well as specialty frozen foods ( lean cuisines were left alone )
I don’t think I am being unreasonable- I did not say ‘eat anything you like’
I think this is odd and presumptive-

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No, this is not typical, at least not as far as I’m aware. As a sitter, I only use food items if expressly told I am welcome to do so, and even then, I tend not to. You’re not being unreasonable in the slightest.

With regards to inviting her boyfriend over, did the sitter ask your permission to do so?


No on both occasions. Unless the sitter explicitly told you that they were housesitting as a couple, then the boyfriend should definitely not have been there.

And no, most sitters wouldn’t dream of eating anything that is in the freezer, especially not expensive items.

I’m sorry you had this far from ideal experience. Hopefully your next one will be more positive!


No - definitely not normal on either occasion. Trusted House Sitters has a strict no 3rd party rule unless discussed/agreed upon before the sit. I would definitely report this behavior to the member services. @Therese-Moderator or @Angela-HeadOfCommunity should be able to point you in the right direction.


No that is very naughty of them. I only eat food I have been given permission to eat.

I guess from now on you will need to state beforehand exactly what can be eaten, and what you want left alone.


Hi @bobbinberg. Sorry this sounds like a nightmare but no and no. The boyfriend shouldn’t have been there without your permission and no I’d not dream of eating frozen food unless explicitly told I was free to do so.


As a sitter, I would never do either of those things and I would feel as you do. I’d be sure to include that in her review (maybe let her go first).


Hello @bobbinberg I’m so sorry that you have had this experience with your sitter and I am going to tag @Therese-Moderator and ask her to connect directly with you via email when she is back online and discuss this with her on a one to one and in private. Meanwhile if you have any questions please connect with me via Direct Message.