Mom doesn't want to pay money to babysitter and tries to pay with ‘free ice cream' instead
At first, a mother declined to pay the babysitter. Instead, she tried paying in “ice cream and a day of fun.”
The text thread between the two was screenshotted and posted on Reddit by user VortexThing, the sibling of the sitter. His post quickly went viral, garnering almost 70,000 upvotes.
She told the mother that although she loves the children, she's doing this for the compensation only.
In the viral thread, the babysitter says, “It was great watching [your kids] today! Do you mind if I swing by tomorrow at 2 pm to collect the money?”
The mother, however, would not like to pay the sitter the full amount, saying, “I wasn’t aware payment was involved. You got free ice cream and a day of fun… I’m sorry for the misinterpretation.”
After spending eight hours watching one woman's kids, she asked about getting paid, only to be told by the mom, "I wasn't aware payment was involved. You got free ice cream and a day of fun... I'm sorry for the misinterpreation." https://t.co/hPR9GQJkpe— NewsRadio WFLA 🇺🇸 (@WFLANews) January 3, 2019
“Uhm… we discussed payment of $16 an hour beforehand. Over text," the babysitter replied.
The mother said that she erases the sitter's text messages. She then requested to see proof.
The babysitter immediately sent her a screenshot of the agreement. Then, she told the mother that although she loves the children, she's doing this for the compensation only.
“Well, you’re acting kind of stuck up aren’t you? Can we compromise at $20?” said the mother.
“No. I watched your kids for eight hours and we agreed on $16/hr. $128 is the total," the babysitter replied.
But the mother insisted that she's not paying her $128 for a single day because they are "easy" children.
Mom tries to pay babysitter with ice cream.. 🍦😱 https://t.co/StZemI3k1W— Z100 New York (@Z100NewYork) January 6, 2019
“It’s not a discussions of that. You promised, and I have textbooks to pay for. Please, I would accept $100," the babysitter responded.
Their conversation ended with the mother blocking the babysitter.
Two days later, Reddit user VortexThing posted an update that the babysitter was able to get in touch with the father of the children she babysat.
He said that the mother agreed to pay his sister the proper amount for the day of babysitting after threatening small claims court.
“Within thirty minutes, my sister was “unblocked” from the mother’s phone and the cash is set to return today,” VortexThing wrote. “We’ll see how it goes, but my guess is these parents are done scheming people.”
"I really thought we were going to have to get in a legal process here," he added. "It was surprising how scared she was as soon as my sister even brought up court. I guess people realize that actions have consequences."
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