This Redditor had never encountered someone as crazy as the stranger she had just come across. Suddenly, the mom demanded she take care of her kids, insisting it’d be alright since she’d pay her!
Recalling the Past
OP (Original Poster) prefaced her post by explaining that everything happened to her years ago—when her daughters were just babies.
Out on a Nature Walk
One day, OP was on a leisurely stroll around her apartment complex. She had her baby in the stroller and her toddler walking around with her.
She added, “We looked at grass, rocks, butterflies, etc. as we walked.”
Suddenly, a random woman backed her car and stopped near her. Then, out of nowhere, she jumped out of the car and started pointing at OP.
As soon as the woman did so, she started demanding OP babysit her kids.
The woman yelled, “You! You babysit for me! Yes?”
No Time for a No
The woman was so hyped up that she didn’t even give OP time to respond. The moment the last word came out of her mouth, she started opening the back doors of her car and the trunk.
The mom was grabbing little zipper lunch coolers, blankets, and toys. While this happened, OP noticed the woman’s kids getting out of the car, looking “scared.”
Then, the woman continued on insisting OP babysit for her.
She said, “You babysit my kids. I pay you.”
This time, OP was able to respond. She told the woman that she wouldn’t be babysitting for her, especially since they didn’t know each other.
OP exclaimed, “I don’t know you, and you don’t know me! Your kids don’t know me.”
Everything You Could Ever Need
Sadly, the woman didn’t take no for an answer. She, once again, tried to convince OP.
While trying to hand OP her kids’ lunch, she said, “I made their lunch.” Then, she added, “I pay you. Okay?”
OP was getting frustrated but continued insisting that she wouldn’t be watching the woman’s kids. But again, the woman still wouldn’t give up.
The woman told OP, “Okay, babysit them just for today then. I pay you.”
OP’s not sure how long she would have to babysit the woman’s kids. But no matter what, even if she would just have to babysit for a few minutes, it wasn’t something she would agree to.
So, she said no one final time and walked away.
Rushing to Safety
While OP was walking away, she could still hear the woman yelling out to her. She was still trying to get OP to watch her kids!
So, she “rushed away” as best she could with her kids.
What a Crazy Day
OP had never seen the woman before, and she thought everything that had just happened was simply crazy.
She added, “I guess the lady assumed that because I was a mom, I owed it to her to watch her kids.”
The Community’s Pieces of Advice
Some users left some comments containing their own experiences. There were even some moms who shared how their kid was left to a stranger by the person they asked to be responsible!
One woman said, “Left my then-toddler in my nan’s care. I came back home, knowing they were at the playground. Minutes later, my nan strolls in without my kid. Turns out she needed to use the toilet, but not to worry, she left my son with this ‘really nice man.’ I don’t think I ever run so fast in my life. Thank God she left him with a normal guy—a dad playing with his own kid in the sandpit, but come on. The guy saw my face as I descended on them and said, ‘I tried to tell her. She wouldn’t listen; she insisted it was fine.’ My nan was never allowed alone with my kid after that.”
Then, other Redditors brought up real-life examples of how badly things could have turned out for the stranger and her kids should she have left them with a not-so-decent person.
“Oh, God, that reminded me of a news story I watched about s***** predators after release. This one was talking about all the medications he takes, the therapy, and everything he does to keep away from kids. He was at the airport, and this woman walked up to him and asked if he would please take her seven-year-old son into the men’s room. The kid didn’t want to go into the woman’s room with his mom—I think this was way back before family bathrooms were a thing. She’s approaching a child molester and asking him to take care of her child and doesn’t even know it. He told her to drag the kid into the women’s room if necessary and that she shouldn’t ask strangers that. He said she just got huffy and walked away, said one user.”
Then, another person replied, “Thank goodness he was trying not to be a molester, but the possibilities send chills down your back.”
For others, though, they’d rather leave their child with a stranger than leave them unattended and on their own.
One Redditor wrote, “If I choose to pick out a rando to watch my kid, what are the odds they are a pedophile versus the kid goes in there solo and the pedophile finds them without an adult? I obviously wouldn’t actually do this, but when I travel, I’m more likely to trust someone I’ve approached versus someone who has approached me. Kinda the same thing.”
Do you think the woman OP encountered had some sort of problem? What would you do if you came across someone like this?
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This post first appeared as A Random Stranger Dumped Her Kids on Her, Demanding She Babysit Them. She Refused Time and Time Again, but the Woman Just Kept Harassing Her. It’s Just Out-Of-This-World Crazy! on Quote Ambition.