When a man, Jason*, asked his brother, Jeremy*, to look after his kids – aged five and seven – while he was out of town with his wife attending a plastic surgery appointment, he expected it to be smooth sailing.
His brother was happy to oblige with the request and spend time with his niece and nephew on the condition that he could only babysit them for two days, as he had important work commitments on the third day.
But everything went haywire when Jason didn’t keep his word.
When the end of the second day rolled around and there was still no word from Jason, Jeremy started to panic.
‘He said he “understood” I couldn’t look after his kids on Wednesday … but I got a call from him around 8pm on Tuesday where he asked me to keep the kids for another day because they got delayed and haven’t started driving back,’ Jeremy wrote on Reddit.
When Jason, asked his brother to look after his kids – aged five and seven – for two days while he was out of town for medical reasons, he expected smooth sailing
‘My annoyance stems from how avoidable this situation was,’ he elaborated. ‘If I was told earlier, I might have been able to postpone most meetings or even call in sick.’
Jeremy further explained that there was no warning prior to the late night phone call.
‘I sent them photos of the kids making pizza and they sent messages along the lines of “a few more hours until we get our babies” or “tell them we love them and can’t wait to see them’ the whole time!”
And yet, suddenly, his brother and sister-in-law had announced that they wouldn’t be returning home until the following day.
Jeremy was upset and reiterated that he couldn’t watch the children because of work – a fact he thought had been well-established.
‘He had the audacity to tell me to drive an hour and a half to our mum’s house, wake her up, and make her take the kids. I said no,’ Jeremy continued.
‘When I told him to come and get his kids he became very defensive and rude, calling me unsupportive. He then hung up the phone and stopped picking up till the next day.’
In the end, Jeremy felt like he had no other option but to hire a babysitter to watch his niece and nephew during his work day.
Jeremy felt he had no option but to hire a babysitter to watch his niece and nephew
‘I work from home, but I wasn’t comfortable leaving the kids unattended in case something happened to them,’ he said. ‘But because it was last minute, the babysitter charged me $200 for the day. I forwarded the bill straight to my brother.’
His brother and sister-in-law were far from happy about the arrangement. ‘My SIL called and screamed at me until she was hoarse, calling me irresponsible for leaving her kids with a stranger. I was in the middle of work – so I hung up and forwarded her the bill as well.’
An hour later, Jeremy and Jason’s mum showed up and took the kids.
‘Everything is a mess,’ Jeremy said. ‘My brother is still refusing to pay and my mum said I was petty because things come up and it was wrong of me not to consult them before hiring a babysitter for so much money.’
‘I called my brother twice in the morning to inform him of the babysitter, but he did not pick up. My mum is arguing that my brother should not pay because I am childless and I earn more than him. Which is true, but why am I paying for their mistake?’
Many commenters were quick to judge the situation, chastising Jeremy for being difficult when his brother was taking care of a medical emergency.
‘It wasn’t a real emergency,’ he finally revealed. ‘My SIL was getting her tummy tucked out of state because it was cheaper.’
‘Liposuction or not, it’s their fault for not arranging ample childcare,’ said one woman.
‘I don’t think you’re going to see that money,’ said another. ‘But I would consider it money well spent if they realise what a horrible thing they did.’
‘If they can afford plastic surgery, they can pay $200 for a sitter,’ added a third.
*Names have been changed