Kids will be kids, and accidents happen, but should you be expected to fork out when your children break something valuable? This mum doesn’t think so.
The single mum of two has just started a new job after working from home for the past couple of years. So she’s enlisted the help of a babysitter to help care for her two children, aged eight and six-years-old.
The 17-year-old babysitter brings her laptop with her to their house so she can study, which the mum says is perfectly fine with her, as long as she’s still keeping an eye on the kids.
“Yesterday, I came home and the babysitter showed me her laptop that got broken by my youngest,” the mum explained on reddit.
“I was shocked I asked how this happened, and she said that she left the laptop in the living room and went to make the kids’ lunch but my youngest grabbed it and ran with it until he dropped it and broke the screen. I said that was horrible and apologised to her but stated it was her fault for leaving the laptop within reach of children.
“She said she thought my kids were old enough to know not to touch others stuff.”
“I explained how they might have thought it belonged to us since it was in our house. She asked if I could pay for it to get fixed but I refused and insisted it was her problem not mine. She ranted about having exams soon and not having enough money to get it fixed. We argued and I had to tell her to go home after she persisted.”
But that wasn’t the end of it. The teenager babysitter’s father has now become in involved, demanding that the expensive tech be fixed, at the expense of the single mum.
“I got a call from her dad basically blaming the whole thing on me, and demanding I pay to get the laptop fixed but I still refused. Now she’s refusing to come again unless I pay her for the laptop repair even though I paid her in advance to watch the kids.”
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