Did this dad overreact?
When a teenager is asked to take an overnight babysitting job, many parents would think that it’s okay for the sitter to start snoozing at some point. Christopher, however, didn’t find this behavior acceptable when he hired a sitter for when he and his wife were away at work during daytime hours. After he came home to find his child’s sitter snoozing away, he decided to teach her a frightful lesson instead of just firing her. Some people say it’s just good parenting, but others say that this was taken way too far.
A Bad Situation
Christopher left his house to go to work with babysitter Sarah there watching the kids. A little later, Christopher headed back home after realizing he forgot some of his paperwork. He got home only to find that Sarah was fast asleep on the couch.
He waited around a while to see if she would wake up, but she never did. In that time, Christopher decided to take his children with him and leave… just to see what Sarah would do upon waking.
Christopher left at about 10 a.m.
Two hours later, Sarah begins to call Christopher, but he ignores her calls. He then texts her, “What’s up? Hello? Why you blowing me up?” She tells him to call her, but he plays coy, saying that he doesn’t have enough service to talk to her.
(It seems that he refused to have a phone conversation because he couldn’t record what she was saying through a call. Texts can be kept as evidence.)
Sarah pleads for Christopher to call her, but she finally breaks down and says, “I called Stephanie at school and the school said she wasn’t there but the boys were ok. I have no idea what is going on. Please call I need to speak with you.”
Chris asks Sarah where the kids are, then starts acting mad and frantic. Sarah claims to have called the police; she says that they told her to ask her employer what was going on because he probably knew. She said they told her, “And if this is the baby sitter the boys are safe. And that’s all they know.” (It seems as though Christopher informed the police that they might get her call, and they astoundingly played along.)
Finally, Christopher ends his charade and tells Sarah through text, “I took my f**king kids at 10. Get out of my f**king house! I may be pressing charges on you for neglecting my f**king kids. Police have it all documented.”
Shocked, Sarah asks, “Are you kidding me.” Christopher replies, “You’re fired and no, you will find out real soon if I am joking. On my way to the police station now.”
A Little Overboard
While Chris felt pretty good about his ploy, this could have all been avoided if he just woke Sarah up and told her that she was fired at the house. People are torn over whether Christopher’s fake kidnapping, that even the local police got in on, was over the top. DailyMail commenter LM1233 said, “You shouldn’t sleep on the job. Any job. She is paid, so all the people saying parents don’t stay awake all day and night, well no, but if your being paid to do a job, and you fall asleep, then you failed!”
Another commenter named Pepper argued, “I wouldn’t want my babysitter sleeping all day but he said he just left, and the article doesn’t say whether the kids were awake or not. The babysitter could’ve set an alarm for the time the kids usually wake up and decided to get some shut eye. I don’t see any reason to stand watch while kids are sleeping. I mean, parents nap and even sleep all night with no one standing guard. So this story needs more info before I praise the dad for anything.”
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