A dad has been branded an ‘a**hole’ after he demanded a babysitter pays more than £1,500 to replace a guitar his three-year-old child broke while under her supervision.
The man explains that he and his wife have hired the same 19-year-old babysitter on a number of occasions and called on her for help when they both had to work.
He says that she is familiar with the rules they ask her to impose on their daughter, such as only being allowed in the living room and playroom.
But while the babysitter was in charge, his young daughter damaged one of his guitars by pulling it off the wall of a room she was not allowed to be in, and he now wants the babysitter to pay for a replacement.
He says: “The babysitter I guess had an emergency herself and had to be on the phone for 20 minutes. For some reason, she decided to take the call outside, her rationale was it was private and didn’t want our child to listen in.”
In the time she was on the phone, the dad claims his daughter used the sofa to climb over a baby gate, went down to the basement and pulled one of the guitars off the wall.
But rather than asking the babysitter to front the bill for the repair, he is asking her to replace it with a new guitar for £1,575 ($2,200) as he says altering the instrument “severely impacts its value”.
Asking for advice on Reddit, he said: “Am I the a**hole here? Or is she? Her parents are telling us we’re responsible, she’s offering only to have babysat for free, our friends are saying we’re too harsh, but it was her responsibility, right?”
One person said: “You’re the a**hole. Your kid could damage it while you’re home and there’s no babysitter, too. What are you gonna do – take it out of her future pay checks when she’s old enough to start earning? Child-proof your house or accept the risks, geez.”
A second wrote: “Your stuff, your kid, your problem. You should have insurance for the guitar if it’s so valuable and you should have it somewhere your kid can’t get to. It wasn’t great that she took the phone call outside, but there’s always a moment when you blink or go to the bathroom and kids get into shit and you should know that.”
But others defended him saying they had doubts over the babysitter’s account of the story and argued the child shouldn’t have been left alone for so long.
One person replied: “Most likely explanation is the sitter didn’t shut the gate when she left the room. The sitter is supposed to be supervising the child.”