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Mum slams sister-in-law for charging her to babysit but people are divided

A frustrated mum has slammed her sister-in-law after she demanded that she pay her money to babysit.

The woman explained that for her birthday she had tickets to go to an event with her husband but their usual babysitter cancelled on them last minute.

So, he decided to ask his 29-year-old sister to step in as they knew she didn’t have any plans that evening.

However, she only agreed to help them if they paid her.

Taking to Mumsnet the mum said: “I feel quite angry about this and I probably shouldn’t.

“I have never asked [my sister-in-law] to babysit and tonight the sitter pulled out at the last min, and we are going out for my birthday tonight tickets are bought and paid for.

“I was panicking trying to find someone else on the sitter site and [my partner] called [my sister-in-law] who will be at home cause her partner is out.

“She said she would need payment! For some reason, it’s really rubbed me up the wrong way!”

Users were divided in the comments, as some argued that she should have given her money.

One person said: “Oh wow that’d annoy me too. I have babysat many times for family and would never have charged!”

Another wrote: “Pay her, next time she wants a favour charge her.”

A third commented: “Unless she’s a teenager and has a little babysitting ‘business’ she’s ridiculous.”

Someone else commented: “Yes, it’s a bit odd. Most families do that as favours for each other.”

However, others thought the mum was “taking advantage” of her sister-in-law by expecting her to babysit for free.

One person said: “Last minute she’s had it sprung on her as you need the help in an emergency, and it’s a service you’d normally expect to be paying for (hence you were on a sitters site) so I wouldn’t be rubbed up the wrong way!

“She’s helping you out very last minute in a tough situation – it doesn’t matter whether she has plans or not. It’s not doing nothing, it’s looking after your children/child. If I was in your shoes, I’d have offered her money.”

While another added: “Maybe she needs the money, to be fair I assume you were going to pay the sitter who cancelled and she is doing you a favour.”