‘They effectively abandoned me with their child’: Parent hires stranger to babysit, then ignores her messages for hours
Two of the best qualities a customer can have when working as a babysitter are honesty and communication. However, if you’re taking care of a child while their parents change the rules of your agreement or ignore you completely, it’s a disaster just waiting to happen.
Redditor u/poopfupa went viral On the r/mildlyinfuriating subreddit after sharing that the babysitter story didn’t go well. She explained how the child’s parents were late coming home and ignored any attempts to contact them. Not only that, but money was also an issue…scroll down for the full story.
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Babysitting can be a nightmare if parents don’t keep their promises
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Woman turns to internet for advice after realizing parents of child in her care are ignoring her
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Here’s how some people reacted to this situation.Shared some tips, others made jokes
The post’s author later provided some updates on what happened
The author of the post was in quite the pickle. The child’s parents were running very late. She was pressed for time. It’s not like she could leave her child alone without supervision. And the couple completely ignored the messages she sent, trying to see when she would be back home for her.
But the cherry on top? The fact that a couple who came home two and a half hours late and drunk hadn’t even paid their babysitter $13. All in all, it wasn’t a great night for redditors. However, her story got a lot of attention online. At the time of her writing, her post already had over 87.3k upvotes for her.
The reaction was mixed. Of course, there were also many who fully agreed with the OP. Some of them shared their own powerful personal stories of babysitting gone wrong.
However, not all Internet users were impressed. Some users accused the redditor u/poopfupa of hoaxing to gain online attention. Others thought the OP may have overreacted.
It is difficult to know how to react in such situations. Perhaps the best approach is to have everyone on the same page before the parents leave. Proposed by “Kidsit” Find out what time they plan to come home, if they’re likely to be late, and when will be the absolute latest time they’re likely to be back. The latter is important because it’s when you officially start worrying and can reach out to the emergency contacts they left behind if needed.
Overall, try to be as specific as possible about all the details. If your parent answers your question with general language such as “I’m never late”, try diplomatically requesting a specific time. And if they are running late, don’t be afraid to call them. After all, you are in business. Parents expect you to come on time. And you should expect them to respect their side of the deal.