January 2017 - last edited January 2017
My butler is useless. She was taking bubble baths all the time. She would wander around the house frequently, but she rarely did anything like cleaning or cooking. When I got babies/toddlers in the house, she would just stand in the nursery in front of the cradle/toddler bed... and 2 times she stood at the end of the parent's bed. It's creepy. I have had issues with previous attempts to use a Butler in other games, so I went ahead and dismissed her and I am not planning on employing another one until they're actually useful and no longer being creepy stalkers.
I also get annoyed that the time speed stays normal when the household members are asleep or away at work/school. But that I can deal with more than the creep factor and uselessness.
I had an issue where I had a klepto butler stealing things, so I fired her and got a new one. I went into the city for an event, came back home, and it had reverted back to my old butler.
I have the same problem re: gardening with butlers. I told the butler to stop gardening and he didn't listen and kept gardening so I thought perhaps the instruction wouldn't take until after he finished.
I later went to tell the butler to start gardening again (I had finished the first tier of the gardening aspiration) and the option was still to 'stop gardening' even though I had told him to stop before. Also, I noticed the garden was drying out so I ended up assigning the task of 'water plants' in order to get him to water the plants.
I also notice that time won't go in ultra speed if you have a butler awake on your lot, though I notice the same with any NPCs on your lot (or if you are trying to nap in a public area). I think the slow speed in public areas is recent, and particularly noticeable in San Myshuno as I've done a lot of rags to riches and I don't remember time not going to ultra speed when the Sims were napping on benches in the past.
I have no mods or CC and play on a Windows 10 gaming laptop.
If I visit a sim who has a butler hired, the butler is not there at the house while I'm there. I see them walking around as townies in their normal clothes all the time but the only time I see them as a butler is if I'm playing the family who has them hired. Is this normal?
I uploaded the specific save file with my user name to the link you provided; it would take me a long time to upload my save folder as I have a lot of different saves.
Please let me know if you need anything else.
Thanks and regards,