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Stingy Mom Pays Babysitter With Toothpaste Tubes And Nothing Else

Babysitting is no easy feat. As cute as kids are, they get hella rowdy and annoying sometimes. When it's not your own kids, the money ultimately makes it worth it, especially when you're a teen trying to make it in the world. A Reddit woman who is now in her twenties shared a post in which she recalled a babysitting horror story in her teens where she babysat without any nourishment for an entire day, only to be paid in toothpaste tubes by the stingy mom. The mom also took advantage of her services and made her clean the house. Yikes. Read all the details below. 

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    Font - Posted by u/Aboogailoo 2 days ago EM pays me for babysitting with toothpaste TL;DR EM has me watch her kids all day, clean her bathrooms, feeds her kids Chick-fil-A while I get animal crackers, and then pays me with five tubes of toothpaste. This happened about ten years ago, I was 14 at the time, and a family that was in the process of packing to move overseas
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    Why do parents think they can treat babysitters like this?! Let's get into the details. 


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    Font - asked me to babysit their four and two year old children on the last day before they left so they can have more time for packing and such. They are friends of the family, and when my mom told me about the job she said the family was a bit tight for cash, and that she told them that, if I was up for it, I could help them for cheaper than usual. I agreed to the idea as a way to help out. My mom is totally blameless, she just said it as a suggestion of something nice I could do, not a comman
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    8 to 5 is a lot of time to spend with children that aren't yours. So how does the rest of this babysitting gig play out? 


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    Font - Their mom went out to handle some business that morning, and so the kids and I stuck to their room and the backyard mostly throughout the morning. Then, the mom comes back right at lunch time, and I can smell it, Chick-fil-A. I start to get excited, because normally on all day jobs like this it's kind of expected that she would feed me. I am only 14, after all, but this lady goes, "oh my gosh!!! You didn't bring your own lunch? Didn't we tell you to??? I'm so sorry we have packed up and t
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    Font - summer child, I actually believed this woman. After lunch, the kids go down for a nap. Sweet, break time, but no. This woman then says, "I have some Things TM I reeeeeallly need to handle on my computer. We are leaving tomorrow, could you please be a darling and help me out with cleaning out bathrooms??? I would soooo appreciate it." Ok, no break time them. I go to clean these bathrooms, and they are so gross. Clearly not been cleaned for at least a few months. I also worked cleaning hous
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    Font - of the day goes off without a hitch. I clean, kids wake up from nap, mom is finishing packing. Then the 5 o clock mark hits, and I gather my stuff to head out the door. I do that awkward stand at the doorway that you do when you wait for payment, and the mom says, "oh! Just hold on a second dear" and goes back to their bedroom. Oh boy, I think. Ima get
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    Font - paid. That thinking stops the moment she comes out of her room with five tubes of unopened crest toothpaste. She tells me, "We are leaving and can't take liquids overseas, so I thought these would be great! I don't want to wast em! You're mom said you don't work too expensive, so I thought these would do nicely for compensation."
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    Organism - Now, I should have said, "Ex-fucking-scuse me? I wasted my whole Saturday here watching your children and cleaning your bathrooms for some fucking toothpaste???? You think "don't work expensive" translates to toothpaste as acceptable payment???? You could afford buying Chick- fil-A for you and your angels, but you couldn't even feed me or pay me for my work properly? Fuck you, fuck your toothpaste, I'm out." But no, I
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    Human body - didn't say that. I, being the sweet little people pleasing 14 year old I was, told her that her children were little dolls and Id watch them for free any day. I went back and told my mom, who was justifiably horrified and apologized profusely. I've never seen that family again and don't care to.
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    Font - CalliopeSky · 2d Lousy payment, but consider it good karma. I'm actually impressed that, at 14, you handled it as well as you did. I hope you stayed a "sweet summer child" - the world is certainly short of kind people these days.
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    Font - MarshmallowFloofs85 · 2d I've noticed that people don't generally want to pay babysitters fairly, They figure since *they* take care of their precious angels for free, every one wants to. I practically raised an ex friends kids until they were like ten and we had a falling out, semipro tip: Unless it's an ongoing thing and you know the parents are good for it, (Like a nanny/au-pair situation,) always get payment first.

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    Art - TaurusSaurus426 · 2d Ya Know you could get a favor from them and pay them with mouthwash
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    Human body - TaurusSaurus426 · 2d Well hey at least you don't have to buy toothpaste
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Abby is a wandering soul who is incapable of staying in one place for too long. Her passions include travel, dance, karaoke, meditation, and cheesy fries. When she's not clacking away at her laptop and talking shit on the internet, you can find her tearing up the dance floor on a night out on the town.