This user babysat two boys and ordered a large pizza and breadsticks with money given to her by the kids’ parents. When the parents found out she had eaten some, too, they admonished her!
OP (Original Poster) is a 20-year-old woman who babysits for some “extra cash on the side.”
She had stumbled upon a situation that was “eating her up,” and so she had taken to Reddit to find out if she was in the wrong.
The kids’ parents had ordered a large cheese pizza and breadsticks for dinner. The kids’ mother left cash on the table for OP to pay.
Tiny Bodies, Tiny Stomachs
The two boys that OP was babysitting were ages 7 and 10, so OP figured there was plenty of food even if she had a couple of slices.
This gig wasn’t OP’s first rodeo. She had babysat several times in the past and had always been able to eat with the kids she watched.
Eating With the Kids
She stated she’d always “been under the impression that the babysitter is allowed to have a reasonable amount of dinner” if they’re watching the kids through this time.
The night passed uneventfully, and soon, the parents returned home to relieve OP.
When they did, they asked OP how the night had done.
OP was happy to tell them how the night had done and let them know that everything had gone fine.
Found a New Place
She then mentioned that the pizza place was “really good” as she’d never ordered from there. It was a spot she’d probably want to eat from again.
The mother looked at OP “puzzled.” Then, she asked OP why she had eaten the kids’ dinner.
Just a Few Bites
OP replied that she’d only eaten two slices of pizza and a single breadstick. She didn’t feel this was an “inappropriate amount to eat.”
Stingy With Money
The parents didn’t feel the same as OP, though.
The dad said they “didn’t expect to have to feed her dinner as well” and then told OP “not to eat their family’s food.”
OP said the experience had left her “very uncomfortable and confused.” She couldn’t believe that the kids’ parents had been so upset at her eating a couple of slices of pizza while babysitting the kids during dinner time.
No One Left Hungry
She clarified that the boys had gotten all the pizza they wanted and were full afterward.
Neither of the kids ever complained to her about being hungry for the remainder of the night.
OP ended her post by stating that she’d always assumed that if a babysitter serves dinner, you’re also welcome to have a serving.
The Community’s Two Cents
Redditors agreed with OP that the established culture around babysitting was that if the sitter was watching the kids through dinner time, the sitter was allowed to have a reasonable amount of food. This occurrence was the first time anyone had ever heard of anyone expecting a babysitter to bring over their packed lunch or dinner.
The top upvoted commenter said, “Not the a**hole. I’m sure the kids had enough to eat. Were they expecting leftovers?”
Another Redditor said, “Imagine if OP brings their food that looks better than the pizza, now the parents have to deal with p***** off kids who had to watch the babysitter eat a better meal. Not the a**hole, and don’t work for these people again.”
Do you think OP was wrong to eat some of the pizza the parents had ordered for their kids? Or do you think the parents were stingy and should have been okay with OP having just a few slices?
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