A babysitter has refused to pay a mum “emotional support money” after she fed her children chicken nuggets – without ever being told they were vegetarian.
The 19-year-old said she has been babysitting for two years and was recently asked by a new family to look after their nine-year-old boy and seven-year-old girl.
She says the pair were perfectly behaved during her time in charge, so when they requested a chicken nugget Happy Meal for dinner she decided to reward their good behaviour.
But both the children and their parents failed to mention that they were vegetarians, leading to a blazing row when the mum returned to find her kids eating chicken.
The babysitter explained: “The mom came home early and saw her children eating chicken nuggets. She literally ripped the nuggets out of their hands and started screaming that I’m horrible for allowing her children to eat dead corpses and yelling at her children for eating the meat.
“She kicked me out without paying me and then later text me saying that I need to pay her $300 (£227) for each kid for the emotional damage I have caused them and if I didn’t she’d take me to court.
“I refused to pay the money and told her that she should have told me that she was vegetarian and I would have made sure to completely respect her family diet choice and since she didn’t tell me it’s not my fault.
“She said that I shouldn’t just assume everyone eats meat.”
The babysitter said the threat of being taken to court did not scare her as both her dad and brother are lawyers, but she took to Reddit to ask for advice on the best way to handle the situation.
Others not only said she was right to refuse to pay the mum, but she should go after the money she is owed for looking after the children.
One commented: “It was her responsibility to tell you her kids were vegetarian. She still owes you money for babysitting. I’d be willing to bet she has pulled this stunt before to get out of paying and maybe try to get some extra cash.
“I find it weird that neither kid mentioned they didn’t eat meat and they wanted a happy meal.”
A second wrote: “Give her contact info to your lawyers. Ask her when you can expect to be paid or if you should settle that as well in court.”
Another added: “Call her bluff. She’ll be laughed at in court.”