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Wrong house cleaned in Kelowna mix up: the rest of the story

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May 02, 2019 - 6:00 AM

WEST KELOWNA - Here’s an update to a story we brought you more than a year ago about a professional cleaner who accidentally spent 45 minutes polishing up the wrong house.

It was supposed to be a Valentine's Day present in 2018. The cleaner walked into what she thought was her client's home and got to work cleaning the floors, toilets and bedroom until she finally got a call while she was cleaning the tub that she got the address mixed up.

The gift was for Julie Gillespie from her husband Paul and since that day, they have both been trying to find their neighbours to explain: The cleaner got the right street name in Lakeview Heights, but mixed up the house number.

Yesterday, May 1, 2019, they finally made contact and the rest of the story is almost as funny as the beginning.

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"Since the story ran I went over to that house — between my husband and I probably six times — to explain to them why there was a strange note on their floor, but there was never anyone home,” Julie says.

Yesterday morning, she was walking by the house again and finally found a friendly man she guesses is in his 60s tending to the lawn.

“We had kinda gave up on the whole thing,” she says. “I said 'did you ever wonder why you had a note on your floor in your foyer?'”

He said indeed he did wonder. His adult daughter was the first one home after the incident and ‘kinda freaked out about it’ but he didn’t understand what actually happened. Julie explained that the cleaner went all through their bedroom, scrubbed floors and bathrooms — and they had no idea.

“I told him the story and he laughed… he said ‘my wife and I are both cops,’” she says. "He was howling, he was throwing his head back, laughing. I said this hit the media and he was like ‘what?' He couldn’t believe it.”

The Gillespies — as well as Kelsey, the cleaner — are often asked to tell the story by friends, family and neighbours and now they finally have an ending.

They might even have made new friends.

"I said come by with your wife for a glass of wine and we’ll have a good laugh,” she says.

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