‘Ridiculous’: Woman’s shock at sister’s babysitting invoice

When Jessica dropped her young daughter Victoria off at her sister’s for the afternoon, she expected everything to go well.

Jessica had to work over the weekend, so she asked her sister – who has three children of her own – to look after her daughter while she was away.

But, as reported Kidspotwhen she picked her up from her sister’s house, she didn’t expect to receive a hefty bill for everything her daughter did — and touched — over the weekend.

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My sister sent me a request for money after her niece stayed with her

‘How funny is this girl?’

Jessica shared text messages she exchanged with her sister on TikTok, which quickly escalated into a real feud.

“Here’s a breakdown of everything Victoria used in my home,” her sister’s text message began.

“Times are getting tough and I think it’s only fair that we charge for things that she used when she was here.”

Attached to the text was a bill for Jessica to pay, along with a breakdown of every single charge she expected her sister to reimburse her for.

Some have been more than fair – especially considering some are struggling financially. Victoria apparently wet the bed, which Jessica’s sister charged her $US10 ($15) to help clean.

The sister also took her children and Victoria to an Italian restaurant, where she charged Jessica US$17 ($25.50) for a meal.

The reasonable accusations ended there.

Three cups of apple juice would cost Jessica $US3 ($4.50) and she was charged $US1.25 ($1.87) for “paint used in the drawing”, $US3 ($4.50) for three bags of chips that Victoria ate and $US7 (US$10.50) for “using electricity to play video games”.

Just one cup of milk would set Jessica back US$1 ($1.50), which would, in fairness, cover the cost of the entire carton.

Other charges included 50 cents for flushing the toilet, which Victoria was supposed to do five times, and an additional 50 cents for each time she washed her hands.

Jessica’s sister said Victoria also wanted to go to the park, so she charged her $3.75 ($5.62) for gas to get there, $4.50 ($6.75) to watch Netflix and a whopping $US10 ($15) to use Wi-Fi on an iPad.

“Please pay $US72 ($108) by APRIL 30, 2024 to avoid interest,” it read at the end of the text.

A furious Jessica took to TikTok to vent her grievances to the rest of the world.

In response to the account, she only replied: “You have a problem! How do I reject this BS (bullshit)?”

“How funny is this girl?” she said in the video.

“She flushed the toilet five times, $10 for Wi-Fi, $4.50 for Netflix, a bag of chips, really? really? How funny is she? You know?”

Jessica’s sister, however, responded to her message by arguing that the bill was perfectly reasonable.

“If I took my niece to preschool she would be charged at least $150 just to watch her,” Jessica’s sister said in a text shared in a follow-up video.

“I have enough on my plate as you know I have a lot of people living here so her coming here was an extra mouth to feed.

Jessica’s sister complained that Victoria was “another person breathing in my home. Taking my children away”.

“Definitely caused so much freaking stress you don’t even know,” she wrote.

“I was mentally exhausted, it was so stressful having so many kids here. I just couldn’t deal with it.”

‘It’s time for a new sister’

People were divided over the two videos, with some claiming it was “ridiculous” to charge so much to babysit a member of their own family.

“I’m on your side!! Who charges for the service?” someone asked.

“Honestly, if it was me, my kids would never go back there,” wrote another.

“I babysit my sister’s kids for free, they eat all my food and leave a mess but I love them like my own so I never thought of asking for money,” said a third.

“That’s wild!” another commented. “Girl, it’s time for a new sister.”

But some didn’t find her accusations too extreme.

“Getting (accusations of) bedwetting and Olive Garden, the rest is absolutely crazy,” read one comment.

“The only valid payments are a meal at Olive Garden and a bed pee,” agreed another.

“Everything else is wild.”

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