Babysitter Calls Police On Mother Who Constantly Stays Out Late
One babysitter had enough of waiting for the mother of the child she was looking after to return home, so she called the police. Now she’s wondering if she over reacted or if she was justified in her decision. What do you think?
The babysitter took to the popular “Am I The A**hole” sub-Reddit to ask whether she was in the right for her recent decision. According to the original poster, “The mum is never home on time. She used to not give me return times but finally I started asking as it made it impossible to get anything done on the weekends. I’d go babysit so she could go to ‘brunch’ but she’d be gone from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. My whole day was gone. After that, she’d start giving me times but never stick to them. She wouldn’t even call to tell me, she’d just stay out.”
Things reached a head when the mum was supposed to be home by 9pm on a Saturday night but still hadn’t returned hours later. To make matters worse she wasn’t answering her phone or responding to text messages. “I call her, no response. Text, no response. Another hour. Nothing. Still calling and texting,” she wrote. “Finally, it is midnight. By this point, my plans are long ruined but I’m pissed and exhausted. I call her and leave a voicemail saying if she’s not home in the next hour, I’m considering the kids abandoned and calling the cops.”
So the babysitter calls the non-emergency line for the police. They arrive, attempt to contact the mother themselves, and eventually take the children to the police station so the babysitter can go home.
“I am awoken at 3 a.m. by a frantic call. It’s her,” the Reddit user shared. “Where are the kids? Why am I not here? I tell her I followed through on my threat, check the police station. She cursed me out, I hung up and went to bed.”
When the babysitter woke up the next day she discovered that DCF had been called, the children’s father had been notified, and an investigation was launched. She was left wondering if perhaps it was wrong of her to contact the police. “She called me every name under the sun but I didn’t think I was wrong until I spoke to a friend with kids,” the babysitter wrote. “She said I should’ve just waited it out and refuse to ever sit for her again. She asked if her potentially losing her kids was worth me being petty.”
Reddit commenters were quick to jump to the babysitter’s defence saying they would’ve done exactly the same thing in that situation.
“One thing I’ve learned from True Crime is the wait 24 hours to file a missing person thing is a myth. She wasn’t where she said she’d be when she said and wasn’t responding to any communication. She was in fact a missing person at that point,” wrote one user.
Another said, “And she was out of contact for over six hours. What if something had happened to her kids like they needed the emergency room?”
One added, “You were not being petty. She did abandon those children. She knew she did not have childcare for those 6 hours and chose to stay out of the home and make herself unreachable instead. Petty would be doing it after she’s late one time by an hour.”
What would you have done?