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If you have children, you know it can be challenging to find someone you trust to take care of your tiny humans. Many people decide to leave them with family or find a trusted babysitter to care for them when they are out.
It can be a tough decision and one that people often do not make easily. But what happens when the babysitter decides to call the police on you?
The babysitter (OP) is a 14-year-old girl who frequently babysits around her neighborhood. She started babysitting for a new family that moved into the neighborhood from the south.
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OP walked around the block to their home and planned on staying until 10 if necessary. The family had told OP they would be home by 9. Around a quarter to 10, the OP started to text the parents to ensure everything was ok and they were on their way home.
She did not hear back from them, started to become worried, and called her parents. Her mother came over, and around 11:30, they called the police because they were still not home. OP said it had snowed the day before, and they were worried the parents had gotten hurt because they were not used to driving in it.
OP said the police took the parents’ names and addresses and were able to locate them very quickly at a friend’s house. OP then received a phone call from the parents, who were upset she called the police.
OP went on to say she didn’t call the police to get the parents in trouble. She was worried since they were new to the area and were not answering their phones. The parents then told the OP’s mom that she was not mature enough to babysit.
OP feels bad that the parents had to come home but says they should have answered their phones and told her about the situation.
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The Masses Weigh In
Redditors were quick to help give advice to this young OP. She seemed stressed and worried about this awful babysitting issue.
One Redditor said, “NTA – the parents were taking advantage of you. You did everything you should have, including trying to reach them, contacting your mother, and then contacting the police. You’ve done nothing wrong. The parents are angry at being caught out on bad behavior.”
Another said, “Yes! OP, you sound really responsible. Good on you for checking in and calling your mom. Those are perfectly responsible and mature actions to take in that situation. I would not sit for them again.”
A third user commented, “NTA. You did the right thing. They’re just trying to take advantage of you, likely because you’re young. They were being irresponsible. Likely, they would have stiffed you extra hours of pay as well.”
Finally, “100 percent! Everything was done correctly.”
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