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Five Take Flight nanny scam
January 8, 2017
3:48 am
Expert Hamcat
Meows: 361
Snarking Since:
December 30, 2012

My Facebook feed has been flooded with people sharing this stupid video. If you haven't seen it, a couple of would-be bloggers (M'Kenzie and Derek Tillotson) and their three children (Porter, Beckett and Wren) from Utah (surprise!) have uploaded a 'job ad' asking for a travelling nanny who can follow them on a nearly year-long trip around the world, and laying out the terms in cutesy video.

They will pay for flights, accommodation (although sometimes you'll be sleeping on the couch/floor, they laugh lol lol), "most" meals, and "some" activities. They will not pay your health insurance or give you full days off ("you'll have a day or two off here and there but we can't guarantee it!").

While isolated from family and friends, the nanny needs to be responsible for all child-care, home-schooling ("like it's not rocket science," they say about their children's education), cooking, cleaning, and packing, as well as having qualifications and experience in early childhood development, having photograph experience, and proving that you love their children "just as much as we do".

For a job that's about 5 roles in one, they will pay you $1200-$1500 per month for this honour, as it's the going rate for babysitters in Utah. 

This is completely f**ked up, not to mention illegal. A travelling nanny would normally be paid that and up per week, not per month. Legally they need to pay a nanny hourly – not monthly – and pay overtime hours. Even being generous and saying they will work a conventional number of hours, they will only clear $4 per hour – which of course is pre-tax. The nanny also needs a seperate room/quarters, agreed full days off, and health insurance –  all which they are refusing to pay.


It's beyond frustrating to see naive girls froth over this "exciting opportunity", when it sounds like a total nightmare being at the beck and call of these idiots, with very little reimbursement. They're hearing 'free travel' and think it's all cocktails and sight-seeing. Anyone who's tried to look after 3 kids under 5 will know that this nanny is going to get zero travel experiences, beyond hotel rooms and plane bathrooms. 

The kicker is that this family is mega-rich. Grandma first created the now-bankrupt Cambridge Diet scam, making out as a multi-millionaire before becoming  the founder of NuSkin, an MLM that is valued at almost a billion, and is constantly under investigation for misleading business practises (well, if it's worked for them before…), having been found to be a pyramid scheme and banned in multiple countries. http://fortune.com/2012/10/26/nu-skin-and-the-short-sellers/

The Tillotsons work for their parents' company, and make a mint. They can afford to pay a nanny, porter, maid, cleaner, chef, photographer and what ever jobs they want to get some poor starry-eyed twenty-something to do. They are deliberately just choosing not to, knowing that its the kind of content ("free travel!") that will go viral and get them more attention.

January 8, 2017
5:45 pm
Meows: 1
Snarking Since:
October 6, 2016

Ugh yes, I hate how this keeps reappearing in my feed! They sound awful.

January 8, 2017
7:37 pm
Still Celebrating! #LX
Meows: 69
Snarking Since:
July 29, 2013

Yikes! So basically they created a website to publicize their intention to commit tax fraud?

January 9, 2017
5:30 am
Oy With The Poodles Already
Meows: 140
Snarking Since:
January 21, 2016

Ugh. They sound like massive assholes! I haven't seen their video, but I guess being in the UK no one I know is likely to have shared it. I could totally see my younger cousins being up for this though, thinking it's an amazing "opportunity" lmao

January 9, 2017
3:19 pm
Expert Hamcat
Meows: 205
Snarking Since:
May 11, 2015

What everyone else said. But also, M'Kenzie? Seriously?

January 9, 2017
6:14 pm
Living Absolutely Selfishly and without Self Awareness
Meows: 161
Snarking Since:
January 25, 2014

Yes! I'm so glad to see this.

This job is going to be a nightmare for some poor suspecting people. (Plural. They're going to thru a few).

I was a professional live in nanny many, many years ago. I never made less than $2000 a month. Plus health insurance, car, gas, food etc. When I traveled with the family it was in my contract to be paid double my weekly rate because it SUCKED.

No true professional nanny will look twice at that job. They can read between the lines and see what type of job it's really going to be.

Whoever is the lucky (?) winner is going to know what the inside of hotels looks like all around the world and that's about it.

January 10, 2017
6:38 am
It's All Gravy
Senior Hamcat
Meows: 659
Snarking Since:
April 25, 2015

fivetakeflight.com is already a goldmine, and they haven't yet even left the country.

Here are some pull-quotes that are cracking me up, courtesy of McKinzie Tillotson:


"You are willing to leave your lives, friends, and families to be with us for a year.  There is no greater compliment."
"I got a message today from a complete stranger…That said, 'I just wanted to say I think you’re totally amazing human beings.' "
"We decorate our home with honesty"
"We are going on this adventure…to inspire hope."
"I have the voice of a poet"
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