A Girl Fakes Losing Her Passport to Avoid Babysitting Her Nephews, and Asks Public If She Did the Right Thing
Babysitting can be a challenging and rewarding experience, but sometimes it can also be overwhelming and stressful. That’s what a 17-year-old girl felt when she was expected to take care of her nephews during a family trip to Disneyland. She decided to opt out of the vacation by pretending to lose her passport at the airport, and then enjoyed a week of peace and quiet at home. She shared her story on Reddit, seeking the public’s opinion on whether she made a smart or selfish choice for her well-being.
“I am a 17-year-old girl and I still live at home with my parents. My sister (28 years old) is married and has two kids — 5 and 3 years old respectively.
Whenever she comes over to visit my parents, they stick me with the kids. This wouldn’t be a problem. But she doesn’t visit for an evening. She will come for a week, and for that week, I’m an unpaid nanny.
If we go out to a restaurant, I have to entertain them because my mom needs to talk to my sister and brother-in-law. You get the picture.”
“My parents decided that since this was my last summer before I became an adult, we would be going to Disneyland to celebrate my graduation.
I asked who were going, and they said it was ‘just the three of us’.
But when we got to the airport, my sister and her family were there. Strangely enough, they were also going to Disneyland.
I went into my backpack and grabbed my passport. I put it in my sock.
When we got to the international security, I couldn’t find it. We looked everywhere. I had to Uber home and I missed my flight. Oh well, so I get to stay home by myself for a week of peace and quiet.”
“My parents were very mad at me for losing my passport. The money they spent on my flight and entrance was wasted. Darn!
My mom and sister have both been posting about how hard it is to be at Disneyland with two little ones. They both posted that I ruined the vacation by being so thoughtless, and that I ruined the vacation.
My dad says he knows why I did, and he understands. But he says I should have let him know, so he didn’t waste money. He said he would have gone along with my ruse, and that he would have gone along.
I feel bad about wasting money, but I have been to Disneyland before. And I will go again later by myself or with friends.”
The story collected 3.7k comments. Here is how other Reddit users reacted to it:
- Your dad may support you after the fact, but you couldn’t have told him before because he didn’t tell you they were coming before you got there. The wasted money is on your parents for lying about the reason and who was going. ir8thoughts / Reddit
- Let your dad know that if he’d only let you in on their nefarious plans before you all got to the airport, then he could have refunded the tickets, or not paid for them in the first place. Jeveran / Reddit
- No sympathy for the dad, he deserves to lose the money. He went along with the lie knowing how hurtful it would be for his daughter, and how miserable her holiday would be. It was cruel to promise her a graduation treat, knowing they were going to disappoint her and use her yet again. And if he complains about the money when he gets back, she should point that out to him. slinkimalinki / Reddit
- Reply with “Oh, I’m sorry I ruined your vacation. If you had only let me know in advance that you didn’t in fact plan this vacation as a celebration for my graduation like you told me but only wanted me there as your unpaid full time babysitter, I’d have made more of an effort to be there.” homeschooling-mama / Reddit
The author of this post got many supporting comments. And here is another story when a woman refused to invite her brother’s son to her wedding because of his appearance.