Just because you're paying someone to help you with your debatably adorable child doesn't mean they should ever have to work for free. Ideally, everyone enjoys their job and there are always some things people are willing to do to help out their employers, but taking advantage of someone's time and generosity is inexcusable. As a parent hiring a babysitter or nanny, you should agree upon a fair rate and pay overtime for holidays, late nights, last minute-plans, or any other special event that is outside of planned work hours.
So, when a frustrated mom decided to consult Reddit's moral compass, "Am I the As*hole?" over a financial disagreement with her babysitter, people were ready to deem a verdict.
Throwaway bc family could see.
I (31F) have one son, 3M. He’s very sweet, calm, low-maintenance, and a great kid. I lucked out with him. We asked one of his daycare providers, B, to watch him for 5 hours, from 1-6 since I had to work. B knows he’s an easy kid and she knows him well, so she went with a lower charge, and we agreed on $50 for the whole time. It wasn’t discussed in terms of hours, rather we agreed that $50 for the time she was there was sufficient.
Well, there ended up being a situation at work that prevented me from getting home at 6, so I wasn’t able to relieve her until around 6:45. My husband works from 11 AM to 8 PM, so him relieving her was out of the question.