By cantprovenothing - 18/04/2014 21:31 - United States - Arlington
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Why the hell didn't you just give the child water? Tap water is pretty good at quenching thirst. Depending on how much they drank, you could have killed that child by doing what you did. I wish I could report you. I swear if that child became a patient of mine, I would do everything in my power to make you pay for that mistake, because it easily could have proven fatal. You're a moron!
We all make mistakes. But what bothered me was the fact she tried to cover it up. Yes. It would be absolutely horrifying to have to tell the parents...but even worse if the child became sick and THEN the parents were informed. Lack of responsibility for someone who should be caring for a child.
if you would of done that to my son, I would of beat the fuck out of you, you could of at least smelled the fucken drink. geez lady I don't give a shit if it was a mistake, you fucked up because you didn't at least smell it or read the damn label. that kid could of gotten sick!! you should come clean about that, it will come out eventually.. that kids old enough to talk
152, I dont literally mean im going to fuck them up dude, you know how it is, people say shit all the time, but I actually do have a son btw and if anybody would ever do anything like that, of course I would do something about it, like report it duh.. maybe I'll cut her a little, aha
@187 HAHAHA, high five! Dang, it's always horrible to make a mistake when you correcting someone. Anyway, I think op panicked so she tried to cover it up, cause no one wants to get in trouble, but it was really op's fault for not checking the drink, if she didn't know what it was...could have killed the kid man! op, you gotta be more careful when it comes to stuff like that! you don't feed people stuff if you don't know what the stuff is! So, it WAS kinda your fault, op.
Several upstate NY towns run the same problem, due to different types of manufacturing. The lake by my house used to be the most polluted lake in America because of the metal works factory here. Couldn't swim in it, couldn't eat the fish, and in the summer it smelled awful.
A lot of flavored liqueur has a rather low alcohol content so the fruit could over power the alcohol flavor. To the child the drink could just of tasted kind of funny. As for a nine year old who can't get their own drink who knows. When I was nine my parents didn't hire a babysitter.
Maybe they were out of juice and they couldn't access the tap to get water, or the parents don't allow her to have juice because of the high amount of sugar in most fruit juices, she could be lactose intolerant and can't drink milk. OP said she asked for a drink but OP didn't say that the girl pointed out the drink and ask for it. If the girl isn't allowed to have juice she would drink it even if it tastes funny, because they think that's how it is supposed to taste.
That could actually be dangerous. You need to pay attention or find another line of work.
I would assume that by OP saying it was "some sort of Mexican fruit drink" it was in Spanish and OP can't read Spanish. Not that I condone giving children liquor, but I'm sure she noticed when the first sip burned and one ACCIDENTAL sip of liquor will NOT kill the child. I'm sure you've never made a mistake at your job!
She should have not given the child the liquor if she didn't know what the liquor is. Even if she made the mistake of giving a child liquid with unknown contents inside,trying to cover it up instead of facing with the consequences of making the mistake is enough of a reason to be fired from your job.
It's true that everyone makes mistakes (some with more consequences than others) but what I found most disturbing was the username "cantprovenothing" and how OP tried to cover the whole thing up. If they are more worried about getting fired than they are about the kid's safety, they are a terrible babysitter.
OP stated it was some sort of Mexican fruit drink, if it was not labelled, I'm sure they would have just said a jug of juice. The bottle would have had an alcohol percentage on it somewhere, indicating it was alcohol. I would also like to know why the kid couldn't get their own drink. My nephew is 5, my niece is 2. They both get their own drinks when they are thirsty (my niece gets water from the tap or cooler), and unless their parents state otherwise, a babysitter should be giving the child water or milk, for a lot of kids, juice is a treat as it is sugary and can end up being a bad thing if drunk too much. I'll make one more note as this is getting long, OP should never be allowed to babysit again. It's one thing to make a mistake in life, it's another thing to try to cover it up, especially when it could potentially affect a child's health. A sip is not a risk but should still be acknowledged, but if OP had to scrub the smell out of the kids mouth and out them put them to bed, I'm sure OP had to find out it was alcohol because the child was drunk. YDI OP because you are an idiot and very selfish. Please don't babysit anymore!
I completely agree with you...also, OP says "all I could find...", should there maybe be some concern about the condition of the home?! Really, no milk, juice, KoolAid... & OP, you should NOT be caring for others with your lack of judgment, about the drink or how to handle the "mess up"
For all we know the kid isn't allowed to have sugar laden juice because of health reasons or that her parents don't want her drinking sugary drinks and she could be lactose intolerant. I have too say that most neglectful parents won't hire a babysitter, they'll just leave the kid home alone.
Is no one concerned with the fact that OP gave the girl something that was in a different language that she could not identify? If I was in her position I would NEVER have given the child anything I didn't know the content of. It honestly could have been anything.
I have no idea what alcohol smells like or tastes like. I would probably just assume it was normal because I would think it was just some exotic drink. I also won't drink from tap water in my own house, I refuse to drink any water unless I had seen it come through my filter. I would have held their house to the same respect. There's a lot of mistakes you can make while scared. I probably would have scrubbed out their mouth to make sure there was no residue for safety of the child and then put them to bed so that they couldn't hurt themselves. I would of course tell the parents after. We don't know the entire story.
I didn't know what a hangover was until a few years ago. I'm 18 now so I was probably around 15 when I found out. I've never experienced one myself and I don't think I've ever been around someone who has either. Some people just don't learn things like that early on.
I know so many people who don't even think about giving their kids water and go straight to squash...half the kids who come into nursery nowadays say they don't like water and milk because they're so used to sugary alternatives! When I was a kid and thirsty, 90% of the time I'd just have water. I really hope OP had a decent excuse such as the tap water not being safe but considering they can't be bothered to test a drink or tell a parent when they drug up their kid I'm less than hopeful.
Way to check labels OP. I couldn't imagine the hang over she got the next day at such an age!