A job posting for a mother seeking a babysitter has left Redditors aghast thanks to the woman’s shockingly unreasonable demands and even more shockingly low pay.
The unidentified Canadian mother shared the job posting on social media, and even though it’s now been viewed by thousands, it seems unlikely she’ll find anyone interested to fill the role.
In the posting, the mom says she wants a babysitter who will work nearly 60 hours for just $100 CAD ($74.83 USD) per week — and what’s more, she demands that they pay for their own background check, provide vegan organic food, and be available to work weekends with no notice.
What?! A Canadian mother advertised for a babysitter who would work a nearly 60-hour week for $100 CAD — and provide food
The preposterous listing asks for a babysitter in Toronto who will watch two girls, age two and six, from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. during the week, presumably Monday through Friday.
That totals 57.5 hours of work — all for just $100 CAD ($74.83 USD), or $1.74 CAD ($1.30 USD) per hour.
What’s more, the babysitter is expected to pay for food, which must be vegan organic.
Other requirements are that the babysitter be female, smoke-free, and pay for her own criminal background check (for which there will be a $5 reimbursement if it comes back with a clean record).
Additionally, the babysitter must work weekends with no notice.
‘After 6 months, if we are still conducting business, wages will go up to $150 a week,’ the post goes on.
‘No you cannot sleep at my condo. No you cannot have friends over. No you cannot study/watch YouTube/be in your phone while on duty,’ the mother adds.
Yikes: The woman seemed to be looking for slave labor for her two children (stock image)
Unsurprisingly, the posting has earned plenty of backlash on Reddit, from commenters who are outraged by the mother’s sense of entitlement.
‘Why would you expect a sitter coming to your house to provide food for your kids????’ demanded one.
‘I will never understand how people could leave their children in the care of someone who is willing to accept $1.66 an hour,’ said another, while someone with similar ideas added: ‘All the serial killers reading this are like, “jackpot!”‘
‘Someone needs to tell her that slavery is unconstitutional,’ wrote one more.
‘She’s not looking for a babysitter she is looking for a new mom,’ yet another commenter wrote.
Not demanding at all! A presumably wealthy mother living on Manhattan’s Upper East Side was mocked last year for a Craiglist job ad
Go wild! The ad was posted on Craigslist on October 24 and shared on Twitter by New York City writer Dorsey Shaw on November 16
This mother isn’t the first to make unreasonable demands in a job posting while offering an incredibly low wage.
Last November, a presumably wealthy mother living on Manhattan’s Upper East Side was ruthlessly mocked for a hyper-specific job ad she posted on Craigslist.
The woman, who was not identified, used the site to advertise for what she describes as a ‘Social Media Photographer/Coordinator and Mother’s Helper.’
According to the description, she was looking to hire a creative type with fashion photography experience to manage her social media profiles — and to also care for her children.
The ad reads: ‘Manhattan family looking for a photographer to work with them on a regular basis as their Social Media Coordinator, either [full time] or [part time].
‘This person MUST have advanced knowledge of of Photoshop and Lightroom, have experience working with/shooting young children/families and be comfortable acting as Mother’s Helper on days when not shooting/editing,’ it went on.
‘This person should also have experience in fashion photography and be internet/IG savvy. Compensation will be hourly or daily rate.
Internet mockery: The tweet earned thousands of likes and quite a few horrified replies
‘Please do not apply if you do not have the required photo editing experience. Thank you,’ she concluded.
The ad was posted on Craigslist on October 24 and shared on Twitter by New York City writer Dorsey Shaw on November 16.
‘May god have mercy on the soul of the person who takes this job,’ he wrote. ‘In the next 5 years NYC creatives will exist only to work on personal media projects for bored wealthy people.’
The tweet earned thousands of likes and quite a few horrified replies, including one reading: ‘Good god I hope this is just a serial killer.’
‘That is an argument for raising taxes on the rich!’ said another, while a third tweeted: ‘Pretty good odds this is Jared and Ivanka.’
Several people were furious that the woman expects a single person to do three separate jobs — photographer, social media coordinator, mother’s helper — just because they were posted together, and also speculated that she doesn’t even plan to pay very much.
‘That’s three job descriptions in one,’ wrote one.
‘Not only is that THREE separate jobs, but it also sounds like they expect 50+ hours a week and I’m guessing that the hourly/daily rate is going to be too low for ONE of the jobs,’ another said. ‘Rich people expect 200% from the worker and think paying more than slave wages is unfair.’