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Babysitter Buys Kids Happy Meals, Mum Freaks Out: Who Is in the Wrong?

Don’t you love family drama stories? Here is a fun one for you – it’s the Tale of the Chicken Nugget and the Vegetarian Children. 

It goes a little something like this:

Babysitter buys Happy Meals 

Once upon a time, a babysitter was hired to look after two children – a seven-year-old and a nine-year-old. The two kids were well-behaved and the whole babysitting ordeal went swimmingly. When it was time to eat, the babysitter asked the kids what they wanted and they both requested “Chicken Nugget Happy Meals”. 

“Since they were so well behaved I decided to buy them the Happy Meals they wanted,” the babysitter explains. 

Pretty standard situation, right? Except for one minor issue – the kids are vegetarians. Not that the babysitter knew this at the time. 

Mum comes home early

Okay, it’s not the end of the world just yet. Bin the evidence and don’t tell mum about the minor meat-eating slip. Except, of course, the mum comes home early and sees her kids devouring the chicken nuggets. 

It’s then that the babysitter discovers that the kids don’t eat meat. The mum goes off on a chicken nugget rant, yelling at the babysitter and her kids for “eating dead corpses”. 

As the babysitter explains in a post on Reddit, 

If I was aware I would have not fed them meat. I had babysat for vegetarians before and made sure to respect their vegetarian diet.”

Weet-Bix chicken nuggets recipe
So much drama over the simple chicken nugget. Source: Supplied

Of course, the kids conveniently “forgot” to mention this too.

This could be the end of the story. The babysitter could go home, never to return again. And the kids could go to their rooms, never to eat a chicken nugget again. 

But it’s not over. 

Emotional damage caused by chicken nuggets

The babysitter did go home, without pay, with the plan never to speak to the family again.

However, the mother then sent her a text message, demanding that “I need to pay her $300 for each kid for the emotional damage I have caused them.”

The mum also threatened to “take me to court” if I didn’t pay $600 for emotional damage.”

The babysitter, who happens to have a father who is a lawyer, kindly told the mother where to go and refused to pay. The mother has since stopped asking for it.

And the kids? We’re guessing they are still in their rooms, looking back fondly at that one time they were allowed to eat chicken nuggets. 

Who is in the wrong?

The babysitter shared her story on the Am I the Asshole thread on Reddit and most people agreed that no, she isn’t the asshole in this situation. The mother is. She should have at least told the babysitter about the no-meat thing.

But what do you think? Would you have been pissed to come home to see your kids eating fast food rather than a ‘regular’ meal? Sure, Maccas is easy but it’s not that hard to make the kids a vegemite sandwich. 

There are no real winners here. Except for the kids, who finally got to taste the joy that is chicken nuggets. Sure, they had to face the wrath of their mum, but we reckon it would have been worth it. 

The moral of the story?

Don’t deprive your kids of chicken nuggets. It won’t end well.  

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Born and raised in Canada, Jenna now lives in Far North Queensland with her tribe. When the mum-of-three is not writing, you can find her floating in the pool, watching princess movies, frolicking on the beach, bouncing her baby to sleep or nagging her older kids to put on their pants.

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