A Redditor recently asked a question that intrigued a lot of people and raised some moral questions. The user, ceilingfanfloortiles , asked if she was an A**hole for firing her babysitter because she got drunk at work. Now, on the face of it, one would probably say she made the right choice but let's take a closer look at the story in her own words.
She wrote: "My (37F) babysitter (16F) has been babysitting for me for about 2 months. She’s a very sweet and quiet girl and is good with the kids (4F and 8M), we’ve only had small problems here and there but nothing major at all. When she first started babysitting for me I had asked her if there were any drinks or snacks that she’d like me to keep at the house as she’s here from 9-7 every day Monday through Saturday. She mentioned that she really liked seltzer water and I had bought them for the first month, but honestly I forgot after a while and never kept any in the fridge." So far so good.
She continued: "A few days ago I bought hard seltzer’s for me and my husband, and didn’t think anything of it. A little bit after 2 pm she messaged me that she wasn’t feeling well and thought that she may have to go home, if it was possible if I could get off from work earlier. I asked her to try and hold out until the end of the day. Not too long after she called me crying, saying that something was wrong and she had to go home. She was drunk clearly, she drank the hard seltzer’s. I told her to leave and she walked home."
The story continues: "She messaged me the next day and said that she now knew that hard seltzer’s were alcohol, and she hadn’t know, she never drank before as both of her parents were alcoholics and she has diagnosed PTSD regarding alcohol, she never planned on drinking in general. I told her not to come back as she put my children in danger. She called me crying and saying that she didn’t know, and that she cared deeply about my children and would never ever drink with them, or at all, and that she needs the money to pay for her drivers permit (she comes from a not so well off family)."
Then the story got even grimmer. She wrote: "I told her to find a real job and that it wasn’t my fault she got drunk. My husband says I’m being very rude and that she did try to reach out when she wasn’t feeling well. My kids are upset to see her go. So reddit, AITA [Am I The A**hole]?"
People responded overwhelmingly to her story and most of them favored the babysitter. Sometime later, after reading the numerous comments, she also posted an update. She wrote: "okay guys, I’m the asshole. I see it now. Thank you. I’ll hire her again." Fair points to the woman too for listening to sane advice.