I've been working with a recruiter for the past two months and I finally landed a great offer at a software consulting company. The start date was set three weeks out at the start of October. Right from the beginning she was pushing me to move up the date but I told her I was fine with it as long as the employer was (I wanted a few free days to help with the transition).
Then just today I stopped by my new company to start some paperwork and their HR person told me "Your new start date is all set." I said "New date?" And he said "Yes, your recruiter called us today and said you wanted to start a week early, that's ok with us." I explained to him that I didn't say that, and he gave me a smirk like he kind of knew what the recruiter was trying to pull. I said I would gladly start earlier if there was a need for me to, but when he realized that I didn't request it, he quickly said "No let's just stick to the date in the offer."
Should I just let this go? Should I tell my new company that I'll start a week early? I just don't want this to mess things up before I even start.
I'm assuming the recruiter lied in order to get her commission quicker. But why would she risk her reputation just to get paid a week early? I emailed her asking her to explain why she said that, but she did not reply.