A few months ago I offered to "help out" a friend of a friend with childcare from time to time. I thought they were in a bind and needed someone while they found a full time sitter. I sent them a message saying let me know if you need someone to help out. What I didn't realize at the time was they lived 40 mins away from me.
I would consider these people to be fairly wealthy. They have a nice house, kids have EVERY TOY under the sun. Every time I'm at the house they bring home take out, the fridge is overflowing with leftovers from restaurants they never finished. One of the kids has so-called special needs and they get special funding to supplement my pay. Basically they only have to pay me $3/hr and the county pays the rest.
The problem is they're not paying me! They are submitting my hours and I'm waiting 3-4 weeks to get paid for the days I work. They're being slick and trying to bill extra hours so I get paid the full amount and they don't have to pay anything. But at this point they're behind about $200. After the last check came I calculated they owed me about $135. Dad sent me an email saying, "According to my math it looks like we owe you about $85. Your next check should be for $81..." Um, his calculations and mine are WAY off.
I've always been a pushover. I need someone to script out what I can say to these people. I've thought about lying and telling them I found another job, but I'm FB friends with the mom and we share mutual friends. I'm sure they'll figure out I'm lying. I feel like I shouldn't make the money an issue because I offered to "help out." I had no idea it would turn into this mess. I also don't want to leave them high and dry with no sitter, but I'm sick of making the drive for FREE. Ugh.