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to think my babysitter is a greedy pig?

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HeartsAreEveryWhere Mon 21-Jan-13 16:53:30

So I went out with DH on Saturday night and my friends 15 year old babysat for us.

Came back about 1am and thanked her and DH drove her home. Decided to make a cup of tea how rock n' roll and noticed that she had eaten half of a victoria sponge cake, a whole block of cheddar had gone and she had drunk half a litre of diet coke.

I did say help yourself to food. But surely this is taking the piss?

TheProvincialLady Mon 21-Jan-13 17:10:58

If I had babysat for you when I was 15 and eaten that, you would have got off lightly. I would probably have eaten a couple of sandwiches, some packets of crisps and any biscuits you had.

HeartsAreEveryWhere Mon 21-Jan-13 17:11:24

No I turned the heating off and gave her a blanket and also lit a candle for her so she wouldn't waste electricity.

Of course we left the heating on for her smile

And we have cable so there was plenty to watch on tv and I said she could use the iPad too.

TheProvincialLady Mon 21-Jan-13 17:11:33

as well as cake, cheese and diet coke, obvs.

CheeseStrawWars Mon 21-Jan-13 17:11:40

Bulimic?

Booyhoo Mon 21-Jan-13 17:11:54

i dont think it sounds like too much.

half a litre is just one of those 500ml bottles. i could drink that over dinner tbh (but wouldn't have more later, it would be to wash dinner down with if i got take away)

half a cake (how big was it?) and half the cheese is maybe more than i would eat but teens do seem to eat large portions of snacky stuff.

i dont think 1am was too late though. not on a weekend.

BandersnatchCummerbund Mon 21-Jan-13 17:11:58

Either leave her out a tray of snacks, or be more specific when you say "help yourself" (e.g. "help yourself to the biscuit tin and fruit bowl, and a piece of cake").

HeartsAreEveryWhere Mon 21-Jan-13 17:12:16

TheProvincialLady
If I had babysat for you when I was 15 and eaten that, you would have got off lightly. I would probably have eaten a couple of sandwiches, some packets of crisps and any biscuits you had

Hmm. Perhaps I should count how many bags of crisps we have left ...

usualsuspect Mon 21-Jan-13 17:12:20

Maybe she had her mates round

I was going to say it was probably payment to supplement the poxy wage you were undoubtedly paying her but £40 is good wages. So yes, she had a bit of a nerve troughing through that lot!

MumVsKids Mon 21-Jan-13 17:13:36

YABU. That's half the fun of babysitting from what I remember.

ChiefOwl Mon 21-Jan-13 17:14:44

I reckon she put the cheese on the pasta, ate the cake, the malteasers prob went in her bag. She was prob bored...

Yuk - very greedy. Half a cake and a block of cheese in one night?? I'd be as sick as a dog after that, even without swilling it down with diet coke.

Gigondas Mon 21-Jan-13 17:14:58

500ml of diet coke is not that much in 5 hours- it's less than 2 cans.the. Rest is quite normal teenage stuff (that amount of cheese was a light snack for dss).

HeartsAreEveryWhere Mon 21-Jan-13 17:15:56

Don't think so usual

I told her she could bring a friend, but she said she was ok.

Spatsky Mon 21-Jan-13 17:16:38

I could eat that in an evening now let alone when I was 15.

You have hit upon a bug beat of mine though. You say help yourself to her and then get snippy when she has done just that. It's these types of reactions that make people uncomfortable in that kind of situation because they never quite know if its meant sincerely.

If I said help yourself and I came home to bAe cupboards I would be pleased the babysitter let at home and wasn't sitting there hungry but scare to eat my food.

Megglevache Mon 21-Jan-13 17:17:39

You said help yourself.

I'd not flinch at that TBH.

I am a greedy pig though. grin

She might have gone to have some cheese and dropped it on the floor thus rendering it rank and only worthy for the bin ?

alemci Mon 21-Jan-13 17:17:54

yes leave her a tray next time. Half a cake is a bit greedy IMO if it is not in your own home.

ChippingInNeedsSleepAndCoffee Mon 21-Jan-13 17:18:20

I seriously doubt she ate a whole block of cheese. You'll probably find half of it wrapped in cling film or put in a plastic bag or whatever they do in their house. Lots of cake, but victoria sponge isn't filling is it, though it's quite rude to eat that much of someone else's cake. 500 ml of coke - so about 2 glasses/1.5 cans, not really much.

iwantanafternoonnap Mon 21-Jan-13 17:18:44

You say about the heating....I babysat for someone for free on New Years Eve and she turned the heating off when I arrived and said 'I have turned the heating off as it has been on all day' I was very shocked tbh plus no snacks for me, no offer of anything. I couldn't even make a cuppa as she only had yukky rice milk. I was frozen, bored and a bit hungry for some snacks!

Not even an offer of cash when she got back or even a bottle of wine to say thanks. She didn't even see me to the door! I had to pop my head round her sons door where she had got into bed and say 'oh okay, I'll be off now then'

Never again!! Really, really rude I think. I would have killed for some cake grin

valiumredhead Mon 21-Jan-13 17:19:29

The cake I can relate and the coke over the course of an evening but a whole block of cheese sounds vile but cheese in't really my 'thing.'

I'd rather she ate than sat there and too scare too eat as well spatsky

valiumredhead Mon 21-Jan-13 17:20:43

iwant why were you babysitting on NYE if not for cash? Are these people 'friends?' [shocked]

LadyMargolotta Mon 21-Jan-13 17:20:54

Some people are very compulsive eaters. I know if I open up a box of chocolates, I cannot relax until I have eaten them all. If she was bored and tired, it was probably just too tempting to resist.

HeartsAreEveryWhere Mon 21-Jan-13 17:22:15

iwantanafternoonnap what?! That's crazy.

Thankfully my mum babysat for us on New Year and we bought her flowers as a thank you (no way would she have accepted cash) but if I'd got a babysitter I would have expected to pay them £10 an hour probably.

QuickLookBusy Mon 21-Jan-13 17:23:21

I doubt she ate a whole block of cheese, unless it was a small one.

I imagine someone else opened it before she came, DH or Dc?

Abra1d Mon 21-Jan-13 17:25:35

I think there is confusion between a Victoria Sandwich and a sponge.

A homemade VS is typically made with butter and eggs. The one I make has 6oz of butter and 6oz of sugar in it, plus three eggs and 6oz of flour. Plus jam filling.

Half one of these cakes would be well over 800 calories. You would feel quite full after you'd eaten that much in one sitting.

Sadly there is not much air in them. sad

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