T3h IiFfY Ov D0oM!!@!1 (iffi) wrote in little_details,
T3h IiFfY Ov D0oM!!@!1

Duties of Household Staff

I've tried to do some googling on this matter, but my results weren't very informative, I'm afraid. And thus, here I am again. :)

I'm on the hunt for some detailed information on the duties of household staff (butlers) in present day. Mostly, in relation to the following situations -

1. When a member of the family comes home in the car. Would the Valet meet the family member at the front door and take the car to the garage? Or would they meet them elsewhere?

2. When a guest (albeit, a guest that's familiar with the family) turns up on foot at the bottom of the drive. Would they be met at the bottom of the drive by a member of the household staff? Or would the guest just have to walk up and meet them at the door or something? For the record, the guest in question is hardly upper-class, as such, but a very good friend of the gentleman of the house's son.

3. If say, for instance, whilst cleaning the house, a member of the household staff (the maid?) were to find illegal drugs, as an example, in one of the childrens'/teenagers' bedrooms, would they be obliged to tell the said youth's parents?

4. How must a member of the household staff address the various members of the family and guests? The guests I am refering to is the same one as mentioned before, as well as more stately guests.

One more thing - I'm at a loss for a butler's name that isn't too cheesy or cliche. I'm assuming that butlers are generally addressed by their surnames, however, I may be wrong. If anyone has any ideas or something, then they'd be greatly appreciated.

Thanks. :)

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