You may believe that social media has gotten too big for its britches lately, but when you hear this story you’ll have to admit that there’s a time and place for it. Especially when someone is being taken advantage of and seems to have no recourse but to either suck it up or sue them for damages.
Fortunately for one teenager, she was saved a trip to court by dedicated Reddit users. It all came about when she posted her story about how she was fleeced by a mom after the girl spent an entire day babysitting the woman’s two kids.
Then it went viral. All of a sudden, the teen’s position changed from hopeless to promising when she got the encouragement she needed from her 'virtual friends.'
Fox News reports that “one reported text message exchange between a babysitter and her client hit a sour note when the mom of two refused to pay the ‘stuck up’ sitter for an eight-hour shift, claiming that ‘free ice cream and a day of fun’ was sufficient compensation for watching her two ‘easy kids’ — though the woman had evidently, previously agreed to pay the sitter $16 per hour for her services.”
At first glance, it would appear that it was a case of ‘the teen’s word against the mom’s’ until she remembered that the. Arrangements for the day’s duty was made over text. When confronted with the news, the mom claimed that she didn’t save her texts and had no memory of it.
When it seemed as though the woman was not going to pay the girl for her day’s work, his brother took to Reddit with the tale and has gotten over 71,000 upvotes.
He posted the series of text messages his sister had with the mom, that proved that they had agreed upon $16 per hour for the eight hours of her time.
“It was great watching [your kids] today! Do you mind if I swing by tomorrow at 2 pm to collect the money?” the Redditor’s sister begins.
“I wasn't aware payment was involved. You got free ice cream and a day of fun... I'm sorry for the misinterpretation,” the parent fires back.
“Uhm... we discussed payment of $16 an hour beforehand. Over text,” the sitter reminds.
“I delete my messages often," the unnamed mom coyly replies.
“I'm sorry, but as much as I love seeing your kids I am doing this for payment. Exclusively,” the persistent sitter retorts.
“Well, you're acting kind of stuck up aren't you? Can we compromise at $20?” the client continues.
"No. I watched your kids for eight hours and we agreed on $16/hr. $128 is the total,” the sitter states.
“I am not paying you $128 for a single day! They're easy kids!” the mom exclaimed.
“It's not a discussion of that. You promised, and I have textbooks to pay for. Please, I would accept $100,” the sitter counters.
The last profanity-laced message from the woman indicated that she would be blocking the girl and would NOT be paying.
“Absolutely not. I wish I didn't have such a stuck up [expletive] watching my kids. I am going to block you now - please do not contact me again.”
4500 comments-later from supportive Reddit users, the original poster posted an update. His sister had apparently tried a different approach, contacting the children’s father, who was a little easier to work with than their mother.
Although she did have to threaten legal action before the mother unblocked ‘the girl and agreed to send the $128 that day.
All-in-all, it ended well for the girl, but one wonders how she would have fared if her brother had not taken the bold action of publicly ‘shaming’ the penny-pinching mother. Sometimes, it pays to have ‘virtual friends’ who have a lot of pull.
In his update to Reddit, the brother said, “I really thought we were going to have to get in a legal process here,” the Redditor continued. “It was surprising how scared she was as soon as my sister even brought up court. I guess people realize that actions have consequences.”