OK so weird moment of the week. I babysit occasionally and being a professional, CPR and First-Aid trained adult, I'm the "responsible, won't let your kids drown/eat enough sweets to go into sugar coma/kill each other/wreck your house (too much)" type.
Well, I got a call today from a woman who found me on Sittercity some months ago and was contacting me to see if I could watch her 6 year old and 3 year old. Now, when someone contacts me from that site to babysit and I do not know them, I will generally meet the parents and the kids in their home to see if I'm a good fit for the family, give references, talk about cost and so on.
This woman wanted me to babysit her kids tonight at my home and possibly keep them overnight so she could go party with a friend of hers. She was desperate to find someone to watch them since she is getting into whatever club she's getting into for free tonight. I HAVE NEVER MET THIS WOMAN OR HER KIDS!! I wanted to ask her if her name was Casey Anthony.
Now, as I said above, I am the responsible type, but she doesn't know that. Again, SHE HAS NEVER MET ME NOR HAVE THE KIDS!! Is it me or is that just bizarre?? I would not leave my dog with someone I'd never met. I initially agreed to watch the kids because I was almost afraid of what she would do with them if she couldn't find someone to watch them, but then I had to renege because I realized two things - one, my home is not child friendly at the moment, and two - I am just not comfortable with having never met any of the principle players involved here.
I am amazed, simply amazed, that anyone would consider leaving their children with a complete stranger for whom no references have been given, let alone checked. CRAZY!