Troubleshooters aim to help couple get paid for working

Troubleshooters help couple who aren't getting paid for cleaning work
Posted at 1:23 PM, May 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-27 19:16:25-04

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — A young couple called the Troubleshooters for help getting paid for work they did.

And they were going to get paid, but as you’ll see, their story has an unusual ending.

Ashlee Lamb and Chris Douglass say they responded to a Facebook post looking for people to clean homes in Port Aransas.

The couple says they were hired by Angelika Cirilo of Cirilo Cleaning.

“She told us to meet her at her house, which we did, and we were hired on the spot. No paperwork. Nothing,” Lamb told the Troubleshooters.

And the very next day, May 3, they cleaned two houses.

According to an Employee Property Price sheet given to them by the business, they were to be paid $150.

But here it is, almost four weeks later, and they still haven’t been paid.

Douglass recalled “then she comes back and says that we messed up a house. And they got footage of it. But we left that house before 4 a.m."

Cirilo sent the couple pictures showing trash piled up in one of the houses they cleaned. And the second one they cleaned, wasn’t cleaned properly.

That’s why they haven’t been paid, according to Joe Cirilo, co-owner of the business.

He told us each employee they hire is given a code to enter each home they clean. Records show one of the codes given to Lamb and Douglass was used until 4 a.m. the next morning, and the house was trashed.

He did add that there is no proof that the couple was in that house during those late-night hours.

The Troubleshooters questioned the couple about the accusations by the Cirilo’s, but they denied any wrong doing.

"No, nothing like that," they said.

After speaking with the Troubleshooters, Joe Cirilo agreed to pay the couple half of what they were expecting.

But in a text exchange, the couple told Cirillo thanks, but no thanks, writing, ‘it’s the principle. Y’all didn’t want to pay us until the news called y’all.’

We tried.