#2-A quick guide to hiring and firing maids, gardeners and other domestic help. Up in the states, most gringos and Expats can never afford a maid or gardener. That can present stressful boss/employee relations problems if not handled correctly right from the start. Problem #1: Many Gringos/Gringas feel quite guilty about paying so little (considered slave wages in the states). They often compensate by being very lenient and letting maids set the rules in the house, often forgetting who’s the boss and who’s the employee.