Dad’s creepy girlfriend
“‘I like it when you’re here, not the other lady. She’s mean and she makes me sit in the closet.” This little girl was referring to her dad’s girlfriend. I told the dad about it and never saw the girlfriend around again.” — hydrangeasinbloom
The official babysitter of the local swinger’s club
“I baby sat a lot when I was 13-15. At the time I lived in a small town. I was a very popular baby sitter as I also worked at the daycare centre. Often I would have kids from two or three different families at once. I didn’t care I got triple the pay for having three different groups of kids. I was recently told why I always had groups of kids like that. Turns out the small town had a swingers club and I was the go to baby sitter for their different groups.” — MissPiggyK
A home made Ouija board
“I babysat for the local policeman when I was teenager – he always came home very drunk and in a weird mood and one time brought out a home made Ouija board and persuaded me to take part with his buddies. Always paid me really well…” — Lil_toad_mode
There was no baby
“A family member of mine was a babysitter in the 70s. A couple who lived nearby asked her to babysit their baby a few times. I didn’t get the sense that she knew them well. Every time she’d go they said the baby was sleeping and not to disturb the baby by checking on it. The baby never cried. The parents would come home and relieve her. She never saw or heard a baby.
At the time I don’t think my family member thought much of it, but has told me this story several times because it keeps nagging at her. How could a baby be asleep for the entire time she was there, every time. No noises. Nothing. Today, she thinks there must not have been a baby but has no idea why they’d hire her.” — [deleted]
“I was babysitting for a local family who owned car dealerships. I answered the phone hello as one does and it was the father who didn’t know his wife had hired a babysitter so she could go to an appointment. He started in with the stupidest sexy voice until he realized it wasn’t wife, he hung up. Later he was caught cheating.” –NANDINIA5
““My older brother and I play swords in the bathroom, daddy taught us how.”
Asked him to show me with his action figures what he meant, expecting the worst, and he says look! And goes in his dad’s closet and pulls out these giant foam swords. Whew!” — hydrangeasinbloom
“I nannied for this very rich family with three kids from the west coast who would come to south Florida for summer vacation every year. The mother was in her thirties, clearly had her kids when she was young, and was very stereotypically hot— blonde, thin, big boobs, perfect teeth. Her husband was a little older, salt and pepper, suuuuper handsome, very George Clooney-esque. Their kids were all blonde-haired, blue-eyed, cute as fuck. They absolutely adored their parents.
Dad would help the kids and mom settle in at the house and then fly back to Cali for work. I babysat 3-5 times a week, 6:30pm-2am. Mom would get all dolled up, leave her wedding ring on the kitchen counter, and come home very late, clearly drunk, and sometimes brought men home with her that she introduced as her “friends.” She would often overpay me, which I never complained about, but I worried for the kids.” — damnitmelanie
“One family- I still dunno what was up with them. It’s like they were squatting in a model home or something. It was a fully furnished house that looked to be straight out of Better Homes & Gardens magazine, but there was nothing in the drawers, fridge or cabinets. No toiletries in the bathroom except for toilet paper, no food or silverware in the kitchen, no clothes in the closets or in the kid’s drawers and no toys! The lady just told me to order food for the kids & they watched tv. It was weird!” — HanginWithLucretia
Whose kids were they?
“I got a call from a woman who said that she got my number ‘from a friend’. She couldn’t remember who, though. She sent a taxi to pick me up and I still remember feeling kind of freaked out, like this was very sketchy.
The taxi pulled up at a very old apartment building. For some reason it totally reminded me of the building from Rosemary’s Baby. There were two women there. The place was just one giant room with a kitchen and bathroom off of it. The lights were dim and the room seemed to be full of beds. But all of the beds were on angles, or pushed together and there were tons of bedding and clothes all over the place. Whoever I spoke to on the phone told me that there was one 7 year old boy. But I could clearly see that there were at least 5 kids aged about a year up to maybe 5. No boy who looked to anything close to 7. And all of the kids had longish hair and looked really neglected.
The women didn’t say much, except that they’d be back around 11:00. It was only 6:00 in the evening and all of the kids were asleep and stayed asleep except for one toddler who woke up kind of whining crying for a minute or two. I couldn’t really tell how many kids were there. The blankets and beds were all crazy.
There was NO food in the fridge. No milk, no nothing. Nothing in the cupboards. There was no TV which was a real hardship for me. There was only one book. I think it was called, ‘Everywoman’s Handbook’ and it was basically a feminist book about women’s bodies. I sat there and read it since there was nothing else to do. After an hour or so I could hear this noise in the kitchen. It literally sounded like a man making demon noises through the kitchen sink drain. Totally scared the shit out of me. 13 year old me was certain that these woman hired me to stay there and then had someone try to scare me. This was Victoria, BC during a time when everyone was talking about the Satanic Church being a big thing and I was sure that these women (and the demonic sink talker) were Satanists and that I was going get murdered that night.
Oh, and I did I mention that they didn’t have a PHONE????
The women came back promptly at 11:00. They paid me a little bit more than what they said they would (which was fair since there were more kids than I was told).
Altogether a really freaky night. I was blown away by the fact that the kids were asleep and stayed asleep. Did they drug them?
They sent me home in a cab and I was scared for weeks that they were going to show up and kidnap me or ask me to babysit again.
And I was never able to find out how they got my number.” — fionaharris
Bags of sugar
“i used to babysit when i was around 13-14 ish. my neighbors and 3 kids. ages 4,7, and 11. the house was really nice, always clean and tidy. one time they asked me to babysit for a couple hours. okay no big deal. they paid me $6 an hour. when i got there they made the kids shake my hand and say “thank you for babysitting us”. i thought it was weird but it was whatever. the parents left and the kids wanted those dinosaur chicken nuggets so i made them some. as they were eating the 7 yr old asked for a toy, she said it was in her parents dresser. i didn’t want to snoop around but if she wanted the toy, i get it for her. i went into the parents room and found the dresser. i opened the first one and all i see are stacks of cash.. okay. weird but not my business. i went back out to ask the girl what dresser drawer it was in. she goes over and literally points at the second drawer and said “oh don’t open that one, it has bags of sugar in it, that’s what i hear mommy say”. i was like oh.. okay then.. she grabs her toy from the 4th drawer and runs off. i did take a peak in the drawer and sure enough, under the socks were bags of cocaine. i was shocked but i didn’t say anything. i put everything back where it was and left the room. when the parents got back i took the cash and left. never babysat there again.” — itchinandburning
You’d be surprised
“I babysit 3-5 times a week.
You’d be surprised at how many sex toys I see. A lot of them are just out in the open. Like they forgot to hide them. I overnighted once and the guest bed had bondage straps. Parents totally forgot about that.
That’s not too surprising. But some of their kinks are.
Probably the darkest was this 5 year old girl I babysit. She was the victim of sexual assault for a couple years by an Aunt and Uncle. No charges pressed or anything. Mom and Dad just cut all contact with that side of the family.
I live in a small town so I see the Aunt pretty often. It’s sickening. They understandably have a ton of cameras set up in their house now and aren’t gone for more than a couple hours. The child has a very weird bedtime routine which is how I found out.” — [deleted]
“I was babysitting for my neighbors, & they were super nice people, two kids, very pottery barn people. They would always come home late, with no cash to pay me, but they’d come by my house literally the next day with the cash, so I never minded, but I was always a little confused as to how they spent all their cash at dinner & a movie & somehow didn’t plan to pay the sitter, & how they managed to stay out til 3 am just doing dinner and a movie (& they were pretty wealthy, so it wasn’t like a waiting til payday thing). Once before they left, when they were in the other room saying goodbye to the kids, I went to move the wife’s purse and saw a really big roll of singles. I brushed it off, but then another time their daughter had an allergic reaction & I texted them a SOS. When I got a call back, I picked up & heard club music. It was a couple sittings after that, when I left through the back door and saw the husband in the garage, shaking glitter off their clothes, that I realized they were probably going to a strip club. When I went to college, they switched to using my sister as a sitter, & I sat down with her and explained where they went and not to ask or act suspicious. They were good parents, & it’s not like a problem, it was just super not the vibe they gave off & I kinda found it hilarious.” — aintnogreatloss
“‘My daddy hits my mommy sometimes.” For that one, I was still in high school. I told my mom what she said and my mom went to the police station to report it.” — hydrangeasinbloom
Bad parents, bad kids
“I used to nanny for a family. At the interview they seemed totally normal, even the first day wasn’t too terrible. I quickly realized that both parents were abusive, mom had severe anger issues (and was medicated for some condition related to it), dad was a borderline sexual predator who constantly talked about how gross looking his wife was and how if she didn’t stop being a bitch, he’d divorce her.
Their kids were just as bad, one of them was also medicated for behavioral issues. I found out later that the reason they were hiring a nanny opposed to day care was because their kids had been kicked out of the daycares in the area.
Noped the fuck out of that situation within a few months.” — rlw0312
Dogs always know
“One time I group babysat at a neighbor’s house with this child and when the father came to pick the child up, the neighbor’s dog when ballistic and tried to bite him. Shortly after it came out that the dad was abusing the daughter.” — sessha12
Lots and lots of money
“I nannied for a wealthy couple (she was a surgeon, he was an architect), and the husband had a study in the house that the wife joked about never being allowed in. Now, I’m a nosy fucker, and I was curious about why you wouldn’t let someone in a study, esp since it looked like a fairly normal room: big desk, walls covered in bookshelves, books of architecture everywhere. So one day I just roamed around in there. I didn’t really find anything, and I was kinda disappointed, but then I grabbed a book off one of the shelves. The thing had money pressed between it’s pages – about $500, if I had to guess. Picked up another book, found the same thing. I think I checked like ten different books, and every single one had money hidden in it.
Still not sure if the dude was just paranoid about banks or if he was intentionally hiding money from his wife.” — UsedToBeOnFire
“I babysat three young boys during my senior year of high school. Their parents were separated and having marriage issues but went on weekly date nights to work on their marriage, as well as attend counseling. What I didn’t know was that the husband was abusing the wife. One day, she filed a restraining order against him and this made him go into a rage. He broke into her apartment and killed her and then killed himself, all while the boys were home. They were able to escape out the garage.” — ProfessorPizza
“I was babysitting once and the kids were wrestling in the living room. All of a sudden the smell of dank filled the room. I hear the kids stop and say “what is that?”. One of them had knocked over a big tin can on a shelf and the parents weed stash spilled everywhere. I sent the kids away and cleaned it all up for them and put it back.” — Neopetwashout
“We all went to school together, so when we got off the bus, we’d walk to their apartment and I’d watch them, made sure we got homework done, and make them the Snack of the Day. One day, we had a half day at school, and I think the mom forgot, because when we walked into the apartment, I heard one of the doors shut. At the time, we thought it was an intruder, so I grabbed the 5yo’s baseball bat, told them to stay in the room, and I’d do some investigating. I opened the bathroom door, and there was the mom, half naked, with a guy that wasn’t her husband. She gave me all the money in her wallet and her business card (she was a photographer) and told me to never speak of it again. I caught her cheating and made out with $400 and a $650 photo shoot package (took pictures for all the upcoming holidays so I could keep giving gifts to my family). I babysat them for about 3 months after, before they moved away.” — throwawayyyyyyyyy126
A dildo room
“I never really babysat for anyone besides family, but I did dog-sit for a woman and her husband for a while. She gave me a tour of the house the first time I went over there and there was a room in the back of the house that was filled with dildos and other sex toys. She sold them as a side hustle and wanted me to know they were there in case i was uncomfortable. They paid me well and left a great review on the site I was using. I wish they never moved lol I loved their dogs.” — bowserisapleb
“I baby sat for this one family only a couple of times when I was 16. But on the first night they just casually talked about how I needed to call the police if the kids bio-dad turned up at the house. I was then told I would need to barricade us all in their master bathroom and I should call them and their lawyer.” — louise1jc