Monday, May 05, 2008

Cheap Keeps On Selling

A man is in jail after he was arrested on charges of kidnapping and rape.

Sheriff's deputies arrested Rudolph Valentino Smith, charging him with a rape that happened Thursday afternoon. The sheriff's office said that Smith, employed by Watkins Cleaning Service, was working at another home on South Haven.

According to statements, Smith left the job site and went to the victim's home about 2:30 p.m., asking to use the phone. The victim was babysitting a child at the time. Once inside the residence, Smith attacked the victim and threatened to kill her if she reported the assault. A child ran to another room in the home and was not harmed. After the attack, Smith told the victim to give him a ride home. The victim told Smith that she needed her keys from an upstairs room. Once there, she locked herself and the child in a bedroom and dialed 911. Smith stole a handgun from the residence and ran off.

According to investigators, Smith has been arrested and jailed on 15 separate occasions. Past felony charges against him include Aggravated Assault, Possession of Cocaine with Intent to Distribute, Armed Robbery and Voluntary Manslaughter.

This guy worked for a cleaning company. That means that you're supposed to be protected. But it's obvious that this cleaning company wasn't protecting anyone. They hired a convicted felon and sent him into a stranger's home. They should feel awful. And they better be insured because they'll be sued soon.

Of course, they should be sued. Mistakes happen. Sometimes you just hire the wrong kind of person. But there are some easy things that a professional cleaning service can perform in order to determine if an employee has a criminal background.

Yes, the steps to determining someone's criminal background are easy. But no, the steps are
not cheap.

Cheap keeps on selling. And cheap keeps on proving that you get what you pay for!

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