Not everyone likes children.
I know many people will clutch their pearls over this, but it is the truth. Not everyone enjoys interacting with children and does not want to have their own or babysit other people’s children. And there is nothing inherently wrong with that. Yes, I am well aware that some entitled people label childfree people as selfish or mock them for living an ‘easy’ life, but that is not their problem. So, even if a family member asks you to babysit, it is not your responsibility; they may object, but it is perfectly acceptable to decline.
The same is true if your boss asks you to do so. I’d even go so far as to say that being asked to babysit by your boss should not be taken lightly. But that is exactly what this guy did when a significant event occurred. He apparently wanted to attend an event but was unable to find a family member or a babysitter, so he asked his employees to do so. The other two employees declined, citing a lack of time, leaving only the poster of this story. She is child-free and dislikes children, so the arrangement did not sit well with her.
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Just by the title, we can judge that she isn’t in the wrong.
But it is still better to get all the details.
So the boss’s daughter was going to come right when an event was supposed to happen.
The most important people in this story are the boss, his kid and the three employees.
So when the invitation for the event came up, he was quite excited.
After all, an event like this doesn’t happen every day.
But that also raised the issue of his kid being alone.
He couldn’t find a babysitter and one of the co-workers refused outright.
The second co-worker however was willing to do it.
That was until OP got a text from her boss asking her to babysit.
OP has never been a big fan of kids so she was quick to refuse as well.
But now she feels bad for lying so she asked Reddit whether she was in the wrong.
I don’t see anything wrong with rejecting the boss. After all, she doesn’t seem to be used to babysitting, so it wouldn’t be a good idea either. You don’t even need a reason to decline someone. He also didn’t offer to pay her for her services, so he was clearly asking her to babysit his child for free for eight hours, which is quite a long time. Perhaps he didn’t mean anything and was simply in a hurry. But that is not OP’s responsibility, so she should not feel bad about it.
But Redditors were quick to stand by her side.
After all, his kid is his own responsibility, not yours.
And it wasn’t as if he offered to pay either.
What are your thoughts on the matter? Do you think the OP should have accepted and taken care of the child? Or do you believe she made the correct decision by refusing? What would you have done if you had found yourself in this situation? Please let us know in the comments section below, and don’t forget to share this story with your friends so they can share their thoughts as well.