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Couple Chains Up Refrigerator Trying To Get Rid Of Nightmare Nanny

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Like the plot of a bad ‘home invasion’ horror movie, a couple’s live-in nanny is refusing to leave their home, even though they fired her three weeks ago. Marcella and Ralph Bracamonte of Upland found Dianne Stretton, 64, through Craigslist. They put up a post asking for a retiree to live in their house for free in exchange for watching their three children—ages 11, 4 and 1—and assisting with housework.

While the Bracamontes say Stretton's references checked out and her performance was great at first, KTLA reports, Ralph Bracamonte said that she "completely reverted after a couple weeks into someone who didn't want to do anything and that only came out when it was time to eat." So, basically a cat.

Marcella Bracamonte asked Stretton several times to help, but to no avail. Stretton told them she couldn't work because she had a medical condition, International Business Times reports. Eventually, Marcella gave her a letter that said she could either help, as agreed upon, or leave, but Stretton refused to sign the agreement.

The police told the Bracamontes they couldn't step in because it was a 'civil matter,' and that the couple would have to formally evict her. So, the Bracamontes decided to make things unpleasant in an attempt to get her leave. They turned off the cable and Internet. They started locking up the fridge in the evenings.

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Stretton's response, however, was not to leave; rather, she is now threatening to sue for wrongful termination, breach of contract and false imprisonment. Marcella claims Stretton has also told the family they should vacate their own house from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m.

Stretton actually has a number of lawsuits behind her, including several against her family members as a result of being omitted from her father's will. In fact, she's even listed on the Vexatious Litigant List in the state of California.

While the Bracamontes have been vocal about their situation, Stretton has thus far avoided the media, even driving away from the house last night after arriving and seeing news crews there.