There are so many social contracts to keep track of, right? Friends, family, bosses, co-workers, employees, dog-walkers, house-sitters, and on and on – but if you’re a parent of young kids who has found a babysitter everyone likes, that relationship is definitely one you don’t want to screw up.
Which is why most of us probably go out of our way to go the extra mile.
This mom, though, didn’t think about ponying up some extra dough after she kept her sitter waiting almost an entire hour past when she was supposed to be released from duty. Now, she’s re-thinking the whole thing and wants to know whether or not she’s committed an unforgivable crime.
She has one child, a 3-month-old boy, who she claims is a perfect angel who is never any trouble. When she arranged a babysitter for him from 1 until 6 in the evening, she agreed to a fee of $50. She wasn’t able to get home on time (no word on whether or not she called or texted).
The babysitter seemed annoyed when she did get home, and when the woman gave her the $50, the babysitter asked for more, because the woman was late.
They argued, and props to the babysitter for standing up for herself and knowing her worth.
The woman refused to pay more, the babysitter left in a huff. Everyone in the woman’s life told her she handled it poorly, but apparently she’d rather take the internet’s word for it.
And get this: her husband paid the girl $50 extra dollars for “her trouble.”
Sounds like he knows exactly who he married!
Unsurprisingly, the people in the comments are fairly united in calling OP (original poster) TA (the a$shole) here.
Several people pointed out that her baby should be important enough to pay a premium wage to someone taking care of him, which…yeah.
And others pointed out that, regardless of Reddit’s judgement, she would be the one missing out on a great caregiver for her child – which is hard to find!
All of this over seven measly dollars, y’all. Can you say petty?
Valid points about the husband.
She did technically do the right thing eventually, in case you were wondering, but it doesn’t sound to me like she learned anything or really wanted to, but was just tired of pleading her terrible case.
If y’all are on this ladies side, please reconsider how you treat people that a) deserve to be compensated in exchange for time and skills and b) are watching your own precious babies.
I’m sure you’re not on her side, though, right? How could you be!
…if you are, though, call yourself out in the comments.