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Condo-hotel comes under fire for allegedly banning household helpers from using swimming pool


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MANILA, Philippines - A certain house rule of The Grove Rockwell particularly at the Aruga at the Grove in Pasig City has caught the ire of netizens after a certain Gene M. Pineda revealed it through a viral post on Facebook.

Condo-hotel comes under fire for allegedly banning household helpers from using swimming pool
Photo Credit: Facebook/ Gene M. Pineda
According to Pineda, he and his family as well as his two nannies had a staycation at the facility on December 10. However, Pineda decided to end their staycation early after an incident at the swimming pool area of the said facility.

Apparently, Pineda’s two young kids and two nannies aged 28 and 32 were swimming when a lady guard suddenly approached him. He was initially told that cotton shirts should not be used by pool-users.

Pineda understood that the guard was pertaining to his two nannies wearing the said shirts. He then instructed them to change clothes.

But to Pineda’s surprise, the lady guard cut him short and informed him that helpers are not allowed to swim in the facility,

“Sir, may concern citizen lang po sa area. Kasi po totoo niyan BAWAL PO ANG KATULONG mag swimming,” the guard told Pineda.

Shocked with what he heard, Pineda asked the guard if she was joking.

The guard then explained that they have a house rule banning household helpers from using swimming pool as well as elevator. Later on, the guard suggested that she can allow the helpers to swim as long as they don’t submerge their heads particularly their hair under water.

“Sir, ganito na lang po kung gusto niyo mag swimming pa rin sila pero bawal po ilubog ang ulo lalo yung buhok po,” the guard said.

Pineda then asked for a copy of the house rules and regulations. Based on the rules, household employees, construction workers, maintenance personnel as well as employees of the Property Management office are not allowed to use the swimming pool.

Eventually, Pineda’s helpers got out of the pool as they were offended by the policy. After not getting apologies from the management, Pineda and his family opted to check out even if they were supposed to leave the next day.

The following day, Pineda raised the issue as he was getting his deposit. The management failed to give the name of a particular person but claimed that the Home Owner’s association was behind the said rule.

Pineda criticized the management for the “blatant discrimination” against his helpers whom he considered part of his family.

“So tell me again nasan yung pinagmamalaki niyong human rights at kung ano ano pa? Samantalang di naman kelangan lumayo na para makita itong nangyayaring ito na blatant discrimination,” Pineda wrote in his post.

As of this writing the management of The Rockwell has not issued a statement regarding the incident.

Read the full post below.

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viral Facebook post nanny discrimination

--Mini, The Summit Express

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