A cleaner has revealed she was repeatedly reduced to tears when she had to take a job cleaning out a “pizza-obsessed” hoarder’s flat that was filled with bottles of urine.
Self-employed cleaner Rayann McMullan didn’t think anything of the job when she spotted a landlord’s Facebook post pleading for someone to clear out rubbish left by a tenant in a Manchester flat.
But she was shocked to see the state of the one bed flat in Droylsden, eastern Manchester, with pictures showing piles of pizza boxes, plastic bags, stale food and bottles of urine taking up so much space that the floor can’t be seen.
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The 25-year-old said that despite being “really excited” to take the job, she ended up in tears several times over the course of the job, which took two full days, WalesOnline reports.
Clearing the boxes alone took four hours, with Rayann revealing that she had to leave a Jenga-like stack of boxes behind as there were too many to keep making repeat trips down the stairs.
"It was really, really bad. I thought I wasn't going to be able to do it alone. There was stale food everywhere, and thousands and thousands of pizza boxes,” she told WalesOnline.
"They were like some kind of pizza-obsessed hoarder. There were so many of them that I couldn't bag them all up. There were [already] so many bags outside.
"I had to leave a stack of boxes and explain to the landlord that I can't keep moving them [the pizza boxes] up and down the stairs because there were so many of them. When I got to the bedroom part I thought, 'oh my God'. I kept looking at it and going to start, I kept stopping and starting.
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"I can't tell you how many times I started crying because I didn't want to do it. That job has scarred me, all I can picture in my head is pizza boxes. Whenever I see a pizza box now it's like, 'oh no, flashbacks'."
Despite possibly never being able to eat pizza again, Rayann said she was delighted with the fruits of her labour, and has now been inundated with job offers from others across Manchester.
"I did think, 'Oh no, not another one', but I'm determined to do it. The first time with [the original hoarder house] I thought I wasn't going to be able to do it, but now that I've cleaned it I feel like I can do a lot more.
"It made me more determined. I am happy I did it. I am really pleased with the transformation that I've done, so I can give myself a pat on the back for that."
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