September 22, 2011 7:00 AM Subscribe
I have gotten myself in to what feels like an awkward position. I agreed to babysit the child of my husband's co worker once a week. The deal was that they would pay me $50 each time. I agreed because I was looking to take on a second job anyway, so this was perfect. We are going on three weeks at this point, in which I have not been paid. That part is obviously awkward enough, but the additional details make me feel pretty crappy.
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (47 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
The father is the only one that works. The mother has decided to go back to school after 10 years to finally finish her undergrad. They just applied for food stamps, plumbing burst, internet phone and cable shut off, 13 year old dog just had surgery to remove cancer, & emptied out their retirement fund to get some money. They can still afford new baby toys, beer, & other extraneous recreational purchases (which shall remain un-named here for legal reasons), & always seem to be buying stuff from craigslist.
I feel terrible asking for the money, but at the same time, we are not rich. I was already planning on taking on a part-time job (I already work full time) when they asked my husband if I might be interested. That is why I agreed. We are trying to plan ahead for when we have our own child and get as much saved up as possible before we too are a one income household. But, if they are not going to pay me, I would rather find another part time job that will. They said they would pay up last Friday, but didn't. I feel like crap for even asking for the money, but our family needs it too.
How do I approach this tactfully given that my husband still has to work with the father every day?