A babysitter who was reprimanded by the parents of the children she was watching has sought advice on the internet.
The 20-year-old girl in question revealed she was hired to babysit two boys aged 7 and 10. She also said the kids’ parents ordered a pizza and breadsticks and left her money to pay for the dinner before leaving their home in her hands.
When the meal arrived, the young woman dug into pizza together with the two boys only to regret this decision hours later when the parents arrived back home.
“So, the family ordered pizza for dinner.Mom left cash on the table for me to pay. It was me, and two boys (7 and 10) large cheese pizza and breadsticks.
I have always been under the impression that the babysitter is allowed to have a reasonable amount of dinner if they’re expected to serve dinner.I’ve babysat a few times in the past and have never encountered this,” she wrote on Reddit.
“When the parents came home to relieve me they asked how tonight went. I said fine, and said that the pizza place was really good as I had never ordered from there before. Mom looked at me puzzled, and asked why I ate the kids’ dinner. I said I just had two pieces of pizza and a breadstick.”
While the babysitter admitted she didn’t think she did anything wrong, the parents insisted they didn’t expect to pay for her dinner on top of paying her for babysitting. They also ordered her not to eat their family’s food, leaving the 20-year-old “uncomfortable” and “confused” to say the least.
“Both boys were fed, and did not complain about being hungry for the rest of the night. I personally have always assumed, perhaps wrongly, that if I am expected to serve dinner as a sitter than I am welcome to have a serving. Is this something anyone else has experienced?” the babysitter added as she asked the internet if she was in the wrong.
Soon enough, the young woman received plenty of support with readers condemning the parents for their harsh and unreasonable words.
“That family is rude and cheap. I usually order extra to accommodate for babysitters, ask their preferences for pizza toppings, etc., if we order pizza or any kind of food. I also let them know where the snacks are, and to help themselves to water, soda, Gatorade etc. in the fridge,” someone wrote. “Don’t babysit for them again.”
Another said: “It is customary that if you have to feed the children you’re watching by any means (whether they leave money to place an order or you cook), you also get to eat.
That’s how it’s always been when I babysat or when someone sat with my kid.If they call you again to sit for their kids I would go over to their house and show them this post and tell them you won’t sit for them again if you are expected to starve while the kids eat in front of you.
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