Ever gone to extremes to dodge babysitting? This Reddit user took it up a notch as she pretended to forget her passport on a Disneyland trip with her sister and her kids. Diabolical or smart? You decide.
The Original Poster (OP) starts by outlining the family setup. Aged 17, she still lives at home with her parents. Her sister, who’s 28, is married and has two young children aged five and three.
Unfortunately for OP, she’s left to look after her sister’s kids whenever they come to stay. She wouldn’t mind if these were fleeting visits. But they come for a week or sometimes more – throughout which OP becomes the “unpaid nanny.” She’s lumped with the kids while her sister, brother-in-law, and parents all hang out as adults.
They’d Planned a Family Trip
To mark her upcoming graduation and transition into adulthood, OP’s parents decided they should go Disneyland together. When she asked who would be coming, they said it’d just be the three of them. However, they lied…
Her Sister and Kids Were Going, Too
When they arrived at the airport, OP was horrified to see her sister and her family there waiting for them. Guess where they were going…Yup, Disneyland.
OP Hatched a Plan
Unwilling to be the family babysitter on a trip intended for her, OP decided to take action. She grabbed her passport from her backpack and hid it in her sock…
She Missed the Flight
When they got to security, OP told everyone she couldn’t find her passport. They searched everywhere for it (apart from her socks…), but to no avail. Unable to get on the flight, she got an Uber back home while the rest of them went on to Disneyland.
The Family Wasn’t Happy
OP was stoked to be able to spend “a week of peace and quiet” by herself. However, her parents were as thrilled. They were angry that she’d “lost” her passport and wasted the money they’d spent on her place on the trip.
They Posted About the Kids
Since they left, OP has seen posts on social media from both her mom and sister. They’ve been saying how difficult it is to be away with the two young children and said that OP had “ruined the vacation by being so thoughtless.”
Her Dad Gets It
OP’s also heard from her dad, who told her that he knows what she’d done. He was understanding, but told OP she should have told him what she was doing so he could have saved all that money. He said he would have gone along with it anyway.
OP Has Mixed Feelings
OP admits feeling bad about wasting her dad’s money. But she’s less bothered about missing the vacation, saying she’d been to Disneyland before and would probably go again at some point with her friends. Should she feel worse about what she did, though?
Reddit Was On Her Side
People on Reddit were sympathetic. They honed in on the fact her mom and sister said she’d ruined the vacation – you know, the vacation supposedly intended for OP! One commenter wrote:
“If they posted on social media say, ‘Wait. I ruined the vacation because I was supposed to help with the kids or take care of them myself? So this wasn’t about me?’” And another chimed in, saying: “Yeah. Reply with, ‘Oh, I’m sorry I ruined your vacation. If you had only let me know in advance that you didn’t in fact plan this vacation as a celebration for my graduation like you told me but only wanted me there as your unpaid fulltime babysitter, I’d have made more of an effort to be there.’”
Her Dad Should Stick Up For Her
Other people thought that her dad should do more to stick up for OP whenever she’s made to babysit. One said:
“If your dad figured out what you did and understands why, he should advocate for you and tell your mom and sister that your function on earth is not to serve as your sister’s babysitter and that you are done babysitting and [not] to ask you to anymore.”
What Do You Think?
So what’s your perspective? Do you think it was justified of OP to “forget” her passport and skip the trip? Or should she have gone along with it anyway – especially after her parents had paid so much money for her to go? Drop a comment with your thoughts.
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