Lisa - posted on 11/04/2010 ( 25 moms have responded )
My babysitter was a friend of mine and my son had been watched by her for a year and a half. But last week, my friend/sitter, was extremely careless and left scolding hot macaroni and cheese on the table and a friend's autistic 12 year old feed my son the mac and chz, burning his mouth and lip really bad. I did not find this out until I picked my son up three hours later. My friend/sitter did not have enough guts to call me because she didn't want to worry me. After I found out, I fired her on the spot and took my son to the doctors. He was fine, just took a while for his mouth to heal, had to revert to eating baby food again.
So my friend thinks it is unjust of me to have fired her for the incident. And I told her there were few reasons. One, the carelessness of her actions of leaving scolding hot food out in the reach of ANY child. Two, she didn't have enough guts to call me and let me make the decision if I wanted to worry. And three, she thought it was no big deal and didn't tell me until after I looked at him and he looked different.
I didn't pay her for that day or the remainder of the month (a week), she wants her money because I didn't give her notice of not needing her service. My question is, I do have the right to fire someone on the spot for actions such as this because my child was not being cared for properly, right?
There was no contract that was broken, so I do not owe her anything! That's my opinion!