A mom is getting slammed on social media after she refused to pay her babysitter the $16 per hour rate promised for watching her children.

Reddit user “VortexThing” posted a text message exchange regarding the payment between the babysitter, who is the poster’s sister, and the mother.

The conversation started with the babysitter asking the mother if she could come by and collect payment for the eight hours she spent watching the kids.

The mom refused and stated:

I wasn’t aware payment was involved. You got free ice cream and a day of fun… I’m sorry for the misinterpretation.

The babysitter quickly pointed out that the mom had offered her $16 per hour before the service.


The mom then asked to see text message proof that she offered the $16 per hour rate, so the babysitter sent her screenshots of their previous conversation.

The screenshots showed the mom asking the babysitter thought the rate was “fair,” and the babysitter agreeing.

Regardless, the mother refused to pay out the full $128 she owed for the babysitter’s eight hours of service. The babysitter said:

I’m sorry, but as much as I love your kids I am doing this for payment. Exclusively.

In response, the mom said that she was “stuck up” and offered a small payment.


The babysitter then agreed to take just $100, but the mom declined and blocked her phone number.

Many Reddit users suggested that the babysitter should take legal action against the mother, but the babysitter’s sibling said she’s hesitant. The original poster wrote:

I asked her about this. She’s hesitant because she thinks it’s a lot of legal work for $128. She’s just going to talk to the husband, who hopefully is a tad more reasonable.

So far, there hasn’t been an update to the babysitter’s story.

What would you do in this situation? Let us know in the comments.

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7 Replies to “Mom Refuses $128 Payment to Babysitter — Says ‘Free Ice Cream and Day of Fun’ Is Enough”

  • Robert Miles 2 years ago

    Is the unpaid babysitter able to spread news around the community that this mother doesn’t pay for babysitting?

    • ALC 2 years ago

      This. She needs to get on FB and the neighborhood FB page and call her out.

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    small claims court comes to mind

  • Roger Foster 2 years ago

    Take her to small claims court

  • MariaRose 2 years ago

    Posting mother lack of paying excuse, on the Neighborhood app should eliminate that mother’s ability to get another babysitter for a time period. Usually, when a babysitter is hired for a specific time period, there’s a cost decision decided with payment at the onset of the time period. For a prolonged period like in this (8 hours) which equals a full day, there may be a different cost to compensate but again already settled before babysitter starts. In this situation, the mother is being extremely cheap after using the babysitter’s services. Too bad for that mother if she found the cost too much as it is too late to negotiate the price after. The babysitter should get full cost and interest now, plus any court fees if she decides to pursue payment.

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    Exactly what she did , spread the word all over social media and shame this mom and dad chances are that they will have a tough time finding anyone who will babysit for this family.

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    Small claims because I give money for fun stuff and I pay what I owe her on the agreed payment

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