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Here’s a Facebook post that’s been making the rounds by a jilted father, levying allegations against a daycare in Holden:
So just to review:
- Colonel Boothe claims that the owner of Wachusett Children’s Center daycare in Holden, Candice Ross, caused his 4.5 year old daughter to hate daycare and want to stay home after previously liking daycare
- His daughter told him that Candice said that if the girl did not behave then she’d have to take her socks and shoes off and sit outside alone with no jacket on a cold April day
- The daughter began to have anxiety (a diagnosed psychiatric disorder) and thus he removed his child from the daycare
- After pulling his daughter outCandice filed a small claims suit against them for doing so without proper notice
- Candice denies saying that to the child
- Colonel Boothe alleges that since she has taken over the daycare “just about every family” has removed their kids as well, and “all of the employees” have quit
- While sitting in the courthouse outside the mediator’s office, Colonel claims he witnessed Candice speaking negatively about another family’s child and made that mother cry
- Candice then laughed at the woman while she was crying, presumably because she is evil and enjoys watching people cry on top of abusing children
- The “court appointed mediator” demanded that Candice stop “tormenting” this mother
- He urges people to blindly share his post in order to hinder her ability to make a living
Alright, right away my inclination is to believe he’s lying. We’ve dealt with Colonel Boothe on the Facebook machine over the years. He’s repeatedly accused Turtleboy of racism because we put the Scumbag Steve hat on disgraced former Worcester superintendent Melinda Boone a few times:
Meanwhile we put that hat on everyone because the meme generator lets you press a button and put it anywhere on a picture. We also put it on tons of white people too, as Scumbag Steve himself is himself a white person.
So this is what Colonel does. He makes outrageous claims that he can’t back up. And his story just doesn’t sound plausible. I certainly believe that daycare workers are capable of abusing kids, as it’s been in the news several times before. But making a kid take their socks off and stand outside in the cold? Yea, you don’t do something like that unless you’re literally trying to go out of business and possibly go to jail.
Plus, the whole story is just way too theatrical. Especially the part about Candace laughing at the crying mother in court. Give me a break. You’d have to be stupid to believe that actually happened. I’ve been to mediation in small claims court. It happens behind closed doors. He never would’ve been able to hear or see any of this.
Oh, and the angry employees thing, I could care less about that. You get new ownership at a business and they come in with completely different expectations for employees. It’s perfectly natural for employees to quit if they don’t like the new boss. Shit happens. You work at a daycare. You can go and work for another daycare.
Anyway, Colonel must’ve realized the turtle was on it because he preemptively messaged us to prove how evil Candace is…….
Oh look, a whiny former employee reached out to him and complained about her former boss “bullying” her. The second a grown adult mentions the word “bullying” is the moment I stop taking them seriously. You’re not a five year old on the playground. You’re a grown up. Act like it.
Also, if there were credible allegations of abuse, she wouldn’t be able to maintain her business. Common sense tells you that there’s much, much more to this story.
Nevertheless he persisted….
Wrong. Turns out DCF did not investigate this. The EEC did. He never responded to that last question either.
Although the post has been shared hundreds of times, and a Facebook mob usually doesn’t question something they saw on Facebook, in the comments on Colonel’s post there were many people rushing to defend the daycare. And they all had great things to say about their experience with Candace….
Candace actually went above and beyond to connect with children and their families….
Oh yea, she seems like a real monster.
Searching for Candice’s name on Facebook we found posts going back 8 years saying good things about her…..
This was a red flag. When the OP can’t even get his own Facebook friends to go along with him, you know the problem just MIGHT be him. And every time someone rushed to her defense he responded by insisting that their positive experience was some sort of anomaly, while throwing out unsubstantiated dat, like 90% of her clients quit because of her:
That’s why his only move over and over and over again was to urge people to blindly share it:
But here’s the truth. He just signed his daughter up for this daycare recently. According to witnesses Candice redirected the girl when she was being loud (no big deal, kids get loud sometimes) and had thrown her shoes around. Candice said something to the extent of, “If you’re going to use your outdoor voice we’re going to have to talk outside.” Because she didn’t have shoes on at the time, this was likely confusing to her. That’s it. The girl was not told she would have to wait outside with no shoes or jacket. Sometimes kids embellish stories and it’s up to adults to be able to separate fact from fiction.
We reached out to Candice for comment. Here’s what she told us:
Thank you for reaching out to me to hear my side of this story. First off I would like to say that I’m not perfect by any means, nor do I claim to be, however, my one and only true goal as a business owner (and person in general) is the happiness and safety of the children in my centers. Regarding the incidences being discussed, they have all been filed and dealt with through EEC and they found no faults when they came to investigate. They visited the center two specific times (one for Mr. Boothe and one for the child discussed by the post of Ms.Bixby/Meader).
Please note that during the process of changing ownership (which became official on April 2, 2018), there have been multiple unannounced visits by EEC to the center as this is standard practice after a complaint has been filed. I am not looking to discuss the behavioral challenges of these specific children, as I do not believe Facebook or social media is the correct platform to discuss such allegations, especially since these incidences have already been discussed previously with the parents as well as followed by an investigation, which proved to be unfounded and was closed by state licensing.
In regards to former staff members, whether it be Stepping Stones in Paxton or Holden, I stand by my high standards of expectations for my employees. I have multiple employees who have been with me for many years who want to speak up to defend the center and our policies. However, they have seen the negative comments that people have received from defending myself on the post and they are afraid to post, fearing that they will also be subjected to this backlash.
Please note that I have no ill will for parents who left Wachusett Children’s Center once I obtained ownership, as I am aware that not all parenting techniques align with my philosophies at my centers. I am very upfront and transparent with all parents and guardians from the beginning about the policies that I hold at my centers. The children and families at these centers are my number one priority. This job is not just a paycheck or a hobby for me, it is my livelihood, reputation and my heart and soul. If you have any other specific questions regarding this post, I have no problem being transparent.
The daycare has a policy that you have to give two weeks notice before leaving. Colonel agreed to this, he violated the contract, she took him to small claims court and she won. Now he’s just butthurt about it and is using social media to try to destroy her business.
What a lowlife. Not so fun when it happens to you is it Colonel?
But wait, it gets better.
After the “incident” Mom came up to pick up her daughter and Candice explained what happened. Mom wasn’t upset with Candice, and was more upset with her daughter, as most parents would be in that situation.
The next day Colonel came aggressively into Candice’s office and confronted her about his daughter’s tall tale. But Colonel wasn’t upset with her. He said OK and LEFT BOTH OF HIS KIDS WITH HER FOR THE DAY!!
Ya got that? The guy who was so upset about this dangerous teacher, left his kids with her the day after the alleged incident.
At the end of the day Mom picked her up, the girl gave Candice a high five for a productive day, and Mom handed a letter to the daycare stating that her daughter would no longer be going there.
We asked Colonel why he would drop off his kids with a woman who allegedly was abusive and dangerous. His response? He had to work.
That was it. Didn’t need to hear anything else. He was full of shit. No parent would EVER leave their kids with an abusive daycare center because they had to work. I would quit my job before doing that, or at least call in sick!!
There were some people who jumped on the outrage train with him….
“My daugher worked there and quit a few weeks after Candice got there.”
Yea, because Candice clearly runs a tight ship. And your daughter probably wanted to sit on her cell phone and collect a check. God, these people are everything that is wrong with society today. An employer actually holds them accountable and makes them do their job, and they all quit and whine about how mean she is on Facebook. This is EXACTLY the kind of daycare I want my kids going to.
Some people began sharing it to the Mountaineer Mama’s Facebook page, which is like Mom’s of the South Shore for northern Worcester County, except the admins aren’t trying to milk their followers for a free Disney trip:
This is not harmless banter. This costs the daycare business. Here’s someone admitting that based on Colonel’s libelous and vengeful post alone, she will not do business there:
I’m not a lawyer, but I believe this is what actual defamation looks like. It’s a lie. It’s malicious. It’s done to cause the person financial harm. And there’s proof in that screenshot right there that actual financial harm was done as a result of it. If I were Candice I’d be down at the courthouse tomorrow with Attorney Richard N. Vulva.
As a matter of fact, Colonel told her husband that this is what he was hoping to accomplish:
“$480 lost in small claims court is nothing compared to the business you will lose thanks to everyone who has shared this post.”
Yea dude, that’s like the definition of malice. Trust me, we get sued a lot for defamation. Unlike you we’re just smart enough to understand what libel is, and make sure we don’t cross the line that you just did.
Meanwhile, some real winners came out to defend Colonel….
Oh yea, this is the kind of individual I want going to bat for me…..
Cosmo Kramer. Assman.
Or how bout this winner….
“I’ll forment violence all over that bitches face.”
“I would have buried that bitch in her husband’s grave.”
Oh good, a sad excuse for a man issuing death threats against a woman over a libelous Facebook post. Colonel has had several days to delete this comment and has chosen not to. You are the company you keep:
Studied at Grafton Job Corps. Nuff said.
The bottom line here is that Colonel Boothe blindly believed an unbelievable and misconstrued story from a 4 year old, violated the contract he signed, lost in small claims court when he wouldn’t pay the money he owed, and then libeled the business on Facebook and urged a mob to attack them because they have standards. Luckily a lot of people saw through the bullshit, including Turtleboy.